An occasional list of exhibits, programs, and events at North Carolina museums. Sponsored by the North Carolina Museums Council.
NCMC Events From Around the State…December 2, 2013
1). Bellamy Mansion
invites you for a Christmas Stroll through the Past on Saturday, December 14th
from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The
Burgwin-Wright House and Bellamy
host a festive holiday evening filled with music, dancing, costumes,
refreshments and more! Go back in time for an old-fashioned Christmas on this
magical night full of fun for the whole family. Both historic houses, decorated
beautifully for the holidays, offer much, and enjoy a trolley ride or a
candlelit stroll through downtown Wilmington
as you go from one to the other. Tickets available at the Burgwin-Wright House,
Bellamy Mansion Museum, local Harris Teeter stores, and online- $25 for Adults
& $5 for Children (ages 5-12), free for Children under 5. For more
information or tickets call 910.251.3700 (Bellamy) and 910.762.0570
2). Fort Fisher State Historic Site
invites you to join them in celebrating the season as it holds its Holiday Open
House on Tuesday, December 10, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the visitor’s center.
This event is free and open to the public. Enjoy seasonal refreshments,
decorations, and entertainment throughout the day, including holiday musical
selections by the Murray Middle School Jazz Band under the direction of David
Tyson, followed by popular musician and storyteller John Golden. For the history lovers on your shopping list,
special discounts will be offered on all museum shop merchandise for this one
day only, so you can stock up on everything from Battery Buchannan Blend coffee
to unique Christmas tree ornaments to great books for the history enthusiast.
Joel Lane Museum House invites you to attend a Museum Shop Open House on Tuesday, December 10, 2013
from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Enjoy hot wassail while you peruse the shop's many
gift ideas. Admission is free. At 5 p.m.,
author Nancy Rascoe of Hertford, NC will speak about and sign her book
"The Sandy Banks Live On." Ms. Rascoe wants to make sure that the history of Old Nags Head and other
towns on the North Carolina Outer Banks lives on. These stories have been
passed down from one generation to the next and tell about those who came to
the Outer Banks to farm, to fish and even to help save those in distress. These
pioneers shaped the island that is enjoyed by locals and thousands of visitors
4). Historic Oak View County Park
invites you to get in the holidays spirit with your family at Oak View’s
“Sleigh Rides and Cider” on December 7th, from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.!
Decorations and displays showing “Christmas at the Oak View Farm: How they
celebrated from 1850 to 1950” will be on view in the Main House.Ride in a
horse-drawn carriage through Oak View’s Pecan Grove, listen to holiday music
and stories in the 1855 farmhouse, drink hot apple cider by the 1825 Plank
Kitchen, buy handmade decorations and crafts, and, of course, visit with Old
St. Nick! Donations of new clothing, toiletries, or canned goods may be placed
under the Warming Tree (located in the Farm History Center) and are given to
InterAct of Wake County.
museum in downtown Hendersonville, invites you to Grown-up Science Night on
Saturday, December 14th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.! Learn the science of wine making and
chocolate! Join Hands On!, Falderal Winery, Kilwins, Fountainhead Bookstore,
Sage Gourmet, and Dancing Bear Toys for a fun night of grown-up science &
entertainment! Participating partners
will have goodies on hand for purchase and enter to win door prizes. $15 single
ticket; $25 couple ticket. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit Hands On! Limited
spaces for this fun holiday event. Call 697-8333 to purchase your tickets.
Mount Airy Museum of Regional History
invites you to their Annual Holiday Open House on December 7th from 10:00 a.m. –
5:00 p.m. Free Admission. Tour four floors of museum exhibits, view our themed
Christmas trees, shop for holiday gifts, plus enjoy light refreshments and
holiday music. As an added bonus, maps - Mount Airy
Professionals of Surry will be hosting "Cookies with Santa"
from 1 to 5pm. Music by the Taylor Brothers 11 AM, Chester McMillan
and students 1 PM, Zephyr Lightning Bolts 2 PM, Back Step 3PM.
President James K. Polk State Historic Site invites
you to “Christmas in Mecklenburg County with the Polks.” Come out December 14th
and learn about food and customs from Christmas in 1802! Buildings will be
decorated in the 19th century style and a living history vignette will be on
display in the main house. The Catawba Valley Cooking Guild will be on hand to
present a festive feast for the holiday season. Historic holiday crafts will be
available for children to create! Hours: 11:00am - 3:00pm. Admission: Free.
8). The Museum and Archives of Rockingham County, The MARC, will present the final event in its Dinner and History Series on Saturday, December 7 from 4-7pm titled
“Remembering Pearl Harbor and Those That Serve” at the museum, located in the
former Rockingham County Courthouse in Wentworth. This program will feature a presentation by
Marilyn Swinson, author of Scars of War, the story of the late
Rockingham County veteran Bouse Williams, a Mayodan man who was on board the
USS Pennsylvania at the time of the attack.
Other speakers will include Rep. Howard Coble, Rockingham County
Commissioner Mark Richardson, Sheriff Sam Page and Glen Johnson, director of
Disabled American Veterans. The McMichael High School Chorus will present the
official songs of the branches of the U.S. Military. Tickets for the dinner and
program are $15 for adults ($12 for senior citizens). The Dinner
and History Series has been very popular, and seating for the meal is
limited, so tickets should be ordered early and no later than noon, December
5. Tickets are also available for the
program only, available in advance and at the door at a cost of $5 for adults,
$3.50 for senior citizens. For the
dinner, vegetarian and gluten-free options are available. Tickets may be purchased on line at the MARC
website, www.themarconline.org, in
person at the museum, or by telephone at 336-634-4949.
9). Museum of the Albemarle invites you to “Holiday Open House: A
Polar Express Adventure” on Saturday, December 7th from 10:00 a.m. –
4:00 p.m. The film The Polar Express will
be shown at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. A visit from Santa will take
place from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Experience the sights and sounds of the
holidays at A Polar Express Adventure.
Delight in the Albemarle Railroad Club’s O-scale train display of the
village in the feature film, Polar Express. Junior Docents will help you make a special
keepsake bell ornament. Bring your camera for a photo opportunity you don’t
want to miss. Enjoy a jingle bell carriage ride ($5 per person, with Carolina
Carriages) and pony rides ($3 per child, with Circle S Stables). Santa will be present to hear your holiday
wishes. Share a cup of hot chocolate and holiday cookies. Shop the Museum Gift Shop for that special
gift–many items will be at a 10 percent discount. Jonkonnu will perform reenactments of an
1800s celebration when enslaved Africans living in eastern North Carolina
celebrated Jonkonnu, a blending of African and English traditions that
included costumed and masked musicians and dancers parading and soliciting
coins. Jonkonnu will dance and sing in the annual Elizabeth City Jaycees Christmas Parade.
Performances are supported by the Judge Thomas Watts Memorial Endowment,
administered by the North Carolina Community Foundation.
Old Salem Museum and Gardens invites you to “19th Century Christmas by Candlelight Tours” on December 6, 7,
13, 19, 20 & 21. This special evening includes Candlelight tours, music and
food! Tour times are 6:30, 7, 7:30, and 8 p.m. Tickets are $20/adults,
$15/children ($18/$13 for Friends of Old Salem). Pre-registration required.*
NCMC Events From Around the State… November 18, 2013
1). Bellamy Mansion presents a special lecture on the Emancipation Proclamation on Thursday,
November 21st at 6:30 p.m. Join the Bellamy Mansion in welcoming local guest
historian Dr. John Haley to lead this talk. Free and open to the public.
2). New Winston Museum invites you to two upcoming events this week.
The first is “The
Daniel Boone Wagon Train: A Journey through 'The Sixties'”, a discussion with
author Randell Jones on Wednesday, November 20th at 7:00 p.m. The New Winston Museum and Winston-Salem
Writers will sponsor award-winning author Randell Jones as he looks back fifty
years with his book, "The Daniel Boone Wagon Train: A Journey Through 'the
Sixties'." In June of 1963, the first Wagon Train commemorated North Carolina’s 300th
birthday. The annual event, part pioneer re-enactment and part rollicking
party, continued for ten years during a turbulent decade. The second event is
the New Winston Museum Salon Series:
“Twin City Story Time: Stories Behind the Stories” on Thursday, November
21st, 5:30 p.m. Join our panel of journalists, past and present, as they
share the tales of the city that made great impact in their lives. Our panel
will include: Elva Sieg (wife of late "Winston-Salem Journal" writer,
Tom Sieg); Mike Fenley, formerly of WSJS; Layla Garms of the "Winston-Salem
Chronicle;" and Hernando Ramírez-Santos of "Que Pasa." Admission
to these events are free, donations are strongly encouraged. The New Winston
Museum is located at 713 S. Marshall Street, Winston-Salem, NC.
Overflow parking available in the Old
Center lot. Call
336.724.2842 for more information.
3). Matthews Heritage Museum
is pleased to announce its new exhibit, TOYLAND, that opened on November 16th
in time for the holiday season. This
exhibit features the toys of yesteryear. What better way to enjoy the fall and
coming holiday season than stopping by to see the wonderful array of old toys
that are on display? A variety of toys
from the turn of the century to the fifties will bring a smile to your face
whether you are a child or a child at heart!
See the progression of materials in toys over the decades, from cast
iron and tin of the early 1900s to rubber and plastic after the War. The Matthews Heritage
Museum at 232 N. Trade Street
is open Thursday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It will be open Friday and Saturday after
Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission is
$4 per adult, $2 for youngsters 11 to 17.
Children 10 and under are free.
The first Saturday of every month, the museum is open for FREE. For additional information, please call
4). NC Transportation Museum (www.nctrans.org) will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for
one of the site’s newest exhibits, the 1959 Divco Milk Truck on Saturday,
November 23rd at 11 a.m. The truck represents a unique piece
of history, having been used by the Melville Dairy Company of Burlington, N.C.
for door-to-door milk delivery. Department of Cultural Resources
Secretary Susan Kluttz, Deputy Secretary Kevin Cherry and Peggy Boswell will
all speak. Members of the Scott family will also be attendance.
5). The Museum of the Albemarle
will host the Designers’ Workshop: Deck Those Halls Saturday, November 23rd
from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Catch the Christmas spirit! Enjoy a day at the museum constructing your
own holiday decorations. All supplies
will be provided in the workshop fee and includes a delicious catered lunch.
Workshop creation for 2013 is a Christmas Tree made of wooden slats stenciled
with holiday greeting and decorated with wooden, tin, or shell ornaments.
Choose between a rustic or beach theme.
This workshop is designed for adults and is suitable for clubs or groups
on an alternate date. Pre-registration and payment is required. Registration
forms may be found on our website www.MuseumoftheAlbemarle.com. Completed registration form and payment of
$40.00 per person or $35.00 per person for FOMOA members are necessary to have
guaranteed registration for event. For more information concerning the event
6). Charlotte Nature Museum
invites you to Animal Feedings & Encounters in November. Meet and greet
live animal ambassador species and observe feedings while learning more about
their habits and habitats. Animal
Feedings and Encounters take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at
7). Discovery Place KIDS – Huntersville invites you to bring out your inner-artist at Vegetable Stamping on November
30th. Bring your little one to “I CAN Create” as we paint with pumpkins, potatoes
and other fruits and vegetables. Your inner-artist will come alive in this
open-ended art activity. Activity takes place at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
8). Hands On!, the children’s
museum in downtown Hendersonville,
invites you to Shake, Rattle, & Rhythm on Thursday, November 21st from 4
p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Ages 5 yrs & up.
Join music instructor, Sydney Levitt, as she leads you in rhythm!
Participants will learn simple rhythms and get to experience different
instruments. Free with $5 admission/free for members.
9). Asheville Art
Museum is delighted to
host Christopher Oakley, assistant professor of new media at UNC Asheville,
whose recent discovery of President Lincoln in an 1863 photograph by Alexander
Gardner has won him much acclaim, on Friday, November 22 at 5:30 p.m. Professor Oakley will be discussing and
illustrating the undergraduate research work he is currently leading at UNC Asheville
on "The Virtual Lincoln Project," and how this research has led to
the discovery of a previously unknown photographic image of Abraham Lincoln.
This image of Lincoln was taken in Gettysburg on the day of
the Gettysburg Address, 150 years ago on November 19, 1863. The presentation
will also include information on Civil War stereo photography, photographer
Alexander Gardner, and how Oakley debunked previous claims that Lincoln is seen riding a horse in Gardner's stereo photographs of the
dedication ceremony at the National Soldier's Cemetery. This event is free for
museum members, and UNC Asheville students and faculty. $8 museum admission
applies to non-members. Space is limited and advanced registration is required.
Please contact the Museum’s front desk for reservations at 828.253.3227.
Reservation deadline is Wednesday, November 20, 2013.
10). High Point Museum invites you
to their 30th Annual Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 1st, 1:00 p.m. to
4:00 p.m. This annual event has become a tradition with local families. Come
for a day of special reenactments, music, demonstrations, refreshments and
hands-on activities like candle dipping! Fun for all ages. FREE. No reservations
NCMC Events From Around the State… November 04, 2013
1). The Bascom
invites you to start
your holiday season with fun for the entire family at The Bascom’s Opening
Reception and Nog Off on Saturday, November 16th, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. This
festive annual event is a celebration of local artists and serves to support
the Plateau’s non-profit organizations. Sample delicious homemade eggnog
recipes and tour the combined receptions for the current exhibitions, In These
Mountains and Giving Trees. Local non-profit groups will have their decorated
trees displayed, alongside donation boxes and informational materials in the
Atrium and Loft of The Bascom. It’s an enjoyable and convenient way to learn about
and support multiple organizations. The Nog Off is an annual friendly
competition among local entities, judged by the public. Come taste the
candidate concoctions, and see the creative trees and fascinating exhibition.
2). North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences wants to
know if you have dino fever? Join them Saturday, November 16th, 9:00 a.m. –
5:00 p.m. as the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts Fossil Fair in
collaboration with the NC Fossil Club. The state’s largest event dedicated to
paleontology puts the latest science and breaking discoveries on display.
Festivities abound with dozens of displays, activities and presentations by
paleontologists from North Carolina
and around the world. Discover what it’s like to be a paleontologist,
experience the tools and techniques used to excavate fossils in the field, and
be the first to learn about the Museum’s newest discoveries, as you meet the
experts face to face. Talk with Curator of Paleontology Vince Schneider and see
some of the 230-million-year-old reptiles he’s discovered in nearby Chatham County. Get introduced to a brand new
species of 9,000-pound megapredator dinosaur discovered by Dr. Lindsay Zanno,
Director of the Paleontology & Geology Research Lab. Meet Historian of
Science Dr. Paul Brinkman, author of “The Second Jurassic Dinosaur Rush” and an
expert in dinomania and the modern obsession with all things Jurassic. And
don’t forget to visit our state-of-the-art fossil preparation lab in the
Museum’s new wing — the Nature
— where you get a behind-the-scenes pass with Chief Preparator Lisa Herzog to
see new dinosaur fossils and learn about the cutting-edge scanning techniques
used to study the biology of ancient life.The event is free.
presents “Stepping Back in Time: Hearthside Cooking” on Saturday,
November 9th from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Historical cooks Cindy Kepley and Susan Ball will cook foods in the
large fireplace at Westmoore Pottery, using historical recipes from the 18th
and 19th centuries. Cindy and Susan plan to churn butter as well as prepare
Green “Frogs” and sauerkraut and also do a lot of baking – pies and cakes—all
cooked using coals from the fireplace hearth. In addition they will show
some comparisons of how foods and recipes have changed over time.
Sampling of many of the dishes will be allowed as foods finish cooking. Visitors may come at any point during the
day, and come back as often as they like to see the various foods being
cooked. No admission fee will be charged and no pre-registration is
4). Mount Airy Museum of Regional History
invites you to a special lecture on Saturday, November 9th at 2:00 p.m.
Janet Pyatt, historical interpreter of the Colonial and Civil War periods, will
speak about the Uses of Herbs in Colonial Households. The program
will be on the 3rd floor, Mount Airy Museum of Regional History. Also on November 9th at the Mount Airy Museum, "Learn to Build and Play a
Cigar Box Guitar" workshop with Mike Lowe (10am-4pm with one hour
lunch break). Space is limited and pre-registration is required,
$60.00 for members, $85.00 for non members, fee includes materials and
instruction. Contact the Museum at 336-786-4478 for reservations or more
5). High Point Museum and the
High Point Historical Society are hosting an interesting and unique program on
preserving old cemeteries. Gina Morton
Smith from neighboring Randolph
County will talk on
cemetery care and restoration. With more than 20 years experience doing
genealogical research, she’s an expert on the subject. A former English
and history teacher, Smith currently serves on the Board of Directors of the
Randolph County Genealogy Society. She is also President of the East Coast
Allred Family Association, Inc., a genealogy and historical preservation
organization. This program will take
place at High Point Museum on Saturday, November 9, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Program is free for High Point Historical Society members; $5 per
non-member. Please register online at www.highpointmuseum.org/store
or call 885-1859.
6). Cameron Art Museum presents
Pro Musica, a concert series celebrating the works of living composers.
The third season of this musical collaboration begins with a concert on
Thursday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m.
featuring the North Carolina Guitar Quartet to start off the 2013-2014 season.
Tickets for CAM Members and Students are $5.00, and for Non-members it is
$10.00. The concert will take place in
Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall. Newly
reformed with new members Justin Hoke and Chris Wear, along with founders Ed
Stephenson and Robert Nathanson, this innovative combination will play some of
the great standards of the guitar quartet repertoire. The concert will
feature the diabolical Voices from the Garden by American composer David
Kechley. Included on the program are works by Leo Brouwer, Andrew York and
Gerardo Tamez. The concert series is co-sponsored by the UNCW Department
of Music. Purchase seats on CAM’s
website, by phone or in person. For more information about the NC Guitar
Quartet visit: http://www.edwardstephenson.com/ncguitarquartet.htm.
Hands On!, the children’s
museum in downtown Hendersonville,
announces an early visit from Santa. School is out and Hands On! is open
Monday, November 11th 10 am – 5 pm with a very special guest from 1:00-3:00 pm
- Santa! Write a letter to Santa and
personally deliver it to him. Plenty of time to get those requests in before
Christmas! If you forget your letter, we will have letter writing materials for
you! Free with $5 admission/free for members.
8). Bellamy Mansion asks you to help preserve their history, and they will help document
yours! Purchase a holiday portrait
session to benefit the Bellamy Furniture Restoration Project. Sessions are by
appointment on Saturday, November 16th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday,
November 17th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Book your spot now!
9). NC Transportation Museum will be celebrating a Railroad Christmas
with 3 separate events. Santa Train Nov 29-30, Dec 7-8, 14-15, 21-22
visitors will be joined by Santa and his elves on a train ride across the
museum’s 57-acre property. Kids will be able to make a craft to take home and
enjoy other fun activities. Special admission rates apply. Cookies & Cocoa
with Santa on Nov 30, Dec 7, 14, 20, 21. Christmas story aboard the train and
meet Santa in the Roundhouse. Cookies and cocoa, make a craft and send a
postcard to Santa. Special admission rates apply. Advance tickets only. Jingle
Bell Express Dec 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 Groups can enjoy a seasonal train ride,
receiving their own gold ticket and jingle bell during a trip around the
museum. Pre-registration is required. Call the museum at 704-636-2889
Cookies & Cocoa ext 237 or 257 and Jingle Bell Express ext 258.
10). Museum of Anthropology invites you to their new
exhibit “Creating: Quilts and Crafts of the Lakota” that will run until January
25th, 2014. Eye-dazzling quilts and
items of apparel and dance regalia made in traditional style by 20th-century
Lakota artists are included in this ground-breaking exhibition, which combines
two independent but related exhibits.
“Creating” is organized by the Heritage
Center at Red
School, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation,
South Dakota, and the Arthur
at the University
of Pennsylvania. “Contemporary Creations: Arts and Crafts by
Lakota Artists” is organized by C-H Jacobson Produktion AB of Stockholm, Sweden. MOA and Delta Arts Center will each display about half of
the quilts and crafts. Please visit both
museums to see the complete exhibit.
Admission is free.
11). Waterworks Visual Arts Center hosts 5th Annual Big
Chili Cook-Off. Join them on Saturday,
November 16th from 6:30 – 11:00 p.m. for the 5th Annual Big Chili Cook-off
fundraiser. Taste the best chili in Salisbury
by our 15 local expert cooks and vote on your favorite recipes to win the Big
Chili Award. Dance to your favorite music or compete in the 1st Big Chili
Cornhole Tournament. All proceeds support Waterworks’ educational and
outreach programming. Tickets are $45/person (must be 21 to
attend). Price includes chili tasting, beer, wine and other beverages,
dessert, and 15 tickets to vote for your favorites. To learn more about
educational and outreach programming, visit www.waterworks.org..
Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 704-636-1882.
12). New Winston Museum
is excited to announce a new exhibit, “The War at Home: Exploring Winston and Salem during the Civil
War” in recognition of the sesquicentennial of United States Civil War. Opened
to the public on October 19, 2013, the exhibit presents the War from the
perspective of the communities of Winston and Salem in an effort to detach the Civil War
story from its traditional emphasis on battlefields, politics and military
tactics. The exhibit focuses on three major components: A Divided Community;
The War Effort; and Life and Legacies.
The exhibit will run through June 2014 and will include regular programming
in collaboration with community partners. This project is made possible in part
by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit
affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Local sponsors include
M. Lloyd. Barnhardt, III, CFP®, Financial Advisor with Ameriprise Financial
Services, Inc. Museum hours are Monday-Friday from Noon-5pm and Saturday
from 10am-2pm. Admission is free and donations are gladly accepted.
The Museum of the Albemarle
will host a “Gallery Talk” on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. Drs. Edwin T. and Diana Dixon Hardison will
provide a more in depth look at the landscape masterpieces and maritime views
in this gallery talk to be held in “Across Three Centuries: Art from the Edwin T. and Diana D. Hardison
Collection.” Featuring 36 examples of
fine art from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, the exhibit encompasses works
of all types from Britain, Europe, and America--portraits, landscapes, maritime
views, scenes of everyday life, animal images, and sculpture. Included are
paintings by the American master Gilbert Stuart, the Scottish Enlightenment
portraitist Sir Henry Raeburn, the French Belle Époque artist Theobald
Chartran, British illustrators Thomas Stothard and Hablot Knight Browne (who
between them brought life to literature classics from Defoe to Dickens), the
"forgotten Impressionist" Pierre Prins, and the marine artist Thomas
Lyde Hornbrook, a favorite of Queen Victoria. The works of many other notable
artists are also on display. Free Public Program. For More Information
NCMC Events From Around the State… October 28, 2013
1). High Point Museum invites you to a special program on North Carolina’s Civil War Monuments on Sunday,
November 3, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the High Point Public Library, Morgan Room. Dr. Douglas Butler presents a program on his
research for his recent McFarland publication, North Carolina Civil War Monuments. Dr. Butler explores the origins
of Confederate commemoration in the South, the problem of burying the dead, and
coming up with the funding and public support to create the monuments. In the
process, he comments on their design and artistic merit. Copies of the book
will be available for sale. No preregistration required.
2). Bellamy Mansion
presents a special lecture on African-American Life on the Bellamy Site on
Thursday, November 7th at 6:30 p.m. Join former Bellamy museum Education
Director and current Wrightsville Beach Museum Director Madeline Flagler for a
discussion of the African-Americans who spent part of their lives at this site.
Enslaved and free African-Americans built the slave building, main house and
carriage house on this property. Enslaved African-Americans worked for the
planter family here and on plantations elsewhere. Two years after the
completion of the house the Emancipation Proclamation freed American slaves.
This lecture discusses the people who lived and worked here and the huge shifts
taking place in society around the time this site was completed. This lecture is free and open to the public.
Cameron Art Museum
you to the Jazz @ the Cam concert series, presented
by the Cameron Art Museum and the Cape Fear Jazz Society, on Thursday,
November 7th from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Reception
Hall. Accomplished vocal interpreter of
jazz and blues, singer-songwriter Barbara Martin performs with jazz guitarist
Vince Lewis. Guitar Player
magazine described Lewis‘s music as “silky-smooth
hollow body jazz with fluid bebop lines, flawless technique and a Wes approved
tone that’s lively and bright.” Tickets
are $8 for CAM/CFJS Members, $12 for
Non-members, and $5 for Students with valid ID. Purchase seats on CAM’s
website, by phone, or at the door.
4). Museum of the Albemarle will
host a History for Lunch on November 6th at 12 p.m. Robert Poole will present a lecture followed
by a documentary he produced on J. Edgar ‘Punch’ Parker. Parker, a resident of Elizabeth City and a
U.S. Marine served in The Battle of Okinawa during World War II as a front line
infantryman. Parker’s original company
of 250 marines took 90% casualties during the three month battle, but
fortunately he was never wounded. That
experience inspired Poole to create a 30-minute documentary about Parker and
his time with the Marine’s 6th Division. Bring your lunch at noon
and enjoy Poole’s discussion about Parker, then adjourn to the Gaither
Auditorium to view the documentary. MOA will provide the beverages. For more
information concerning the event call 252-335-1453.
5). The Maria V. Howard Arts Center in
Rocky Mount is hosting "Peanuts...Naturally" through
January 5, 2014. Visitors get a Peanuts-eye view of The Universe,
"Web of Nature", Trees Beautiful Trees, Birds, The Elements (snow,
wind, rain, and clouds), Gardening, and Charlie Brown's EPA escapade. Visitors
will be delighted by the numerous interactive stations, videos, objects and
Peanuts comic strips. Schedule a guided tour for your school or community group
by contacting Jennifer Rankin at 252-972-1632 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admission to the galleries at the Imperial Centre is always free.
6). HandsOn!, the children’s museum
in downtown Hendersonville, invites you to Kids Vote! A voter
education & “hands on” voting experience taking place all day on Friday,
November 1st and Saturday, November 2nd. Vote on the next
Mayor of Hendersonville! The Hands On! Voting booth is made possible by Kids
Voting Henderson County which is an affiliate of Kids Voting North Carolina and
Kids Voting USA. Kids Voting is a private, non-partisan organization dedicated
to engaging students from K-12 and their families in voting and other elements
of effective civic engagement to foster an informed, participating electorate.
Books on elections & voting designed for PreK-2nd grades are available to
read at the Hands On! Front Desk. Free with $5 admission/free for members.
7). The Bascom invites you
to a special screening of Bending Sticks,
a feature-length documentary film showing how Patrick Dougherty, an internationally acclaimed
environmental artist, creates his
monumental, site-specific works. “Let
the wild rumpus begin!” exclaims the artist as he begins another large-scale
sculpture, using nothing but saplings. The Highlands Performing Arts Center (PAC) will be
the location of the screening on Saturday, November 2nd, at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
8). North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences invites you
to visit them and watch the original film
version of “Dracula” on First Friday, November 1st
at 7:00 p.m. In all the
annals of living horror, one name stands out as the epitome of evil. Dracula.
The very mention of the name brings to mind things so evil, so fantastic, so
degrading, you wonder if it isn’t all a dream … a nightmare. But no. This is no
dream. This is “Dracula,” showing at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
9). Asheville Art Museum announces the
opening of Cityscapes, an exhibition featuring works from artist Ben
Aronson, on Saturday, November
2nd. The exhibition
will be celebrated with an Opening Reception on Sunday, November 3 from 2:00 –
4:00 p.m. (free with membership or regular Museum admission). Cityscapes by Ben Aronson will
remain on view through Sunday, March 9, 2014. Perhaps
best known today for depictions of men on Wall Street, American contemporary
artist Ben Aronson also creates eloquently expressive cityscapes. This
exhibition includes a mix of architectural and pedestrian scenes that capture
the energy of rapid urban life in an elegant, painterly manner.
This exhibition was previously organized by and exhibited at the Georgia
Museum of Art.
10). Cape Fear Museum is offering a fascinating look at military mail
and communication in a special exhibit, Mail
Call that opens on November 9th. The traveling version of the National Postal
Museum’s permanent exhibition, Mail Call explores the history of
America’s military postal system, and examines how even in today’s era of
instant communication, troops overseas continue to treasure mail delivered from
home. Mail Call tells the fascinating story of military mail and
communication—from the American Revolution to current wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan. The exhibition closes January 19, 2014.
11). Cherryville Historical
Museum invites the
public to a special veteran focused program on Sunday, November 10th at 3:00 p.m. Dr. Bill Lowe will give a talk titled “If a
Uniform Could Talk” at the museum. This program is free and open to the public.
12). Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site invites you to visit on November 2nd for Colonial Day at Brunswick Town. Living historians, dressed in
18th century attire, will demonstrate what life was once like in
this early port town on the lower Cape Fear. Visitors will have the opportunity
to learn about 18th century electrical experiments, visit with the colonial
dentist, take a turn in the stocks and pillory, experience cannon fire, dip
their own beeswax candle, and much, much more! This
free public event will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more
information call (910) 371-6613, e-mail email@example.com or visit
our website at www.nchistoricsites.org/brunswic.
13). N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher
invites you to their Surf Fishing Workshops on Saturdays, November 2, 9, 16,
and 23 at 9:00 a.m. This 3-hour
workshop includes one hour of classroom discussion, then surf fishing on the
beach nearby. All equipment and bait provided. Program is rain or
shine, with extra activities added in event of bad weather (e.g., throwing a
cast net). Ages 10 and up.
Fee: $15 per participant. Aquarium admission is not included. PRE-REGISTRATION
14). Matthews Heritage Museum
hold a special program “Wild and Wonderful Animals” which explores the animals that used to and
still live in the area on
Saturday, November 9th at 10 a.m. Please pre-register by calling the Museum at 704-708-4996. Cost is $2 per child (6 –
14). This program will be held at the Museum.
15). Kings Mountain Historical Museum
invites you to “Toys, Games & TRAINS” November 16th - January 4th. Back by popular
demand, this exhibit fills the museum with model train displays, railroad
memorabilia, and antique toys and games. An extensive interactive model train track provides
hands-on fun for all ages. Open Tues.-Sat. 10am-4pm & Sun. 1pm-4pm.
NCMC Events From Around the State… October 14, 2013
Historic Wilmington Foundation’s (www.historicwilmington.org)
‘Vintage’ event returns on Friday, October 25th at 6:30 p.m. The ‘Vintage’ Event will be held again at the
elegantly restored Brooklyn Arts Center. Our live and silent auctions
will feature vacation packages and amazing experience packages, vintage finds
and wine. Guests will enjoy signature items from the area’s finest restaurants
and caterers and live music. This year we will again have the option of
smartphone bidding for the silent auction. Tickets are $100 per person,
$175 per couple or special $50 pricing for those under 35. Tables of 8 are
available for $640. To purchase tickets or for additional information
call 762-2511 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds go towards our mission at HWF to
protect and preserve the irreplaceable resources in Wilmington and the Lower
Cape Fear region.
2). Port O’ Plymouth
Museum (www.livinghistoryweekend.com) invites you to their Civil War Foodways: Munch & Learn on
Thursday, October 24th at 6:00 p.m.
Take your stomach back in time!
Learn about the role that food played in the Civil War while tickling
your taste buds. Enjoy a sampling of homemade dishes representing typical
northern, southern, slave and soldier cuisine from the 1860s. Event Location: Cooperative Extension Office - 128 E. Water St., Plymouth, NC. Tickets: $10 per person. Must reserve in advance (by Oct. 22). Call or email Kim McCray at the Port O’
Plymouth Museum at (252) 793-1377 / email@example.com. Sponsors:
Washington County Historical Society & Washington County Cooperative
you to “A Touch of Cape Fear History – with Harry Warren” on Thursday, Oct.
24th, 6:30 p.m. Long-time Bellamy favorite, Harry Warren of the NC Museum of
Forestry, is presenting "A Touch of Cape Fear History" at the
mansion. Mark your calendars and join us to learn more of this region's history
from a most enjoyable and entertaining speaker. This is a free event but seating
is limited so reserve your spot early by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harry Warren went to UNCW and worked as a CETA worker for Underwater
Archaeology. He then got his MA in history from East Carolina and was the
assistant director at Cape Fear Museum.
Battleship North Carolina (www.battleshipnc.com)
launched the first digital initiative to share its extensive collections
online. Ever wonder what unique treasures are behind the steel walls of the
Battleship NORTH CAROLINA? The
Interpretation and Collections Department and the Friends of the Battleship are
giving everyone the opportunity to find out and it is at no cost to the
public.The ship has been cataloging the collections into a database for more
than 15 years, therefore the database represents years of work by staff,
volunteers and college interns. Through dedication, perseverance and funding by
the Friends of the Battleship, the free online catalog gives the internet
community an insider’s look to rare artifacts.
You can access the catalog from a link at http://www.battleshipnc.com/friends.
Maritime Museum in Beaufort (http://www.ncmaritimemuseums.com/beaufort.html) and the Museum Small Craft Association invites you to
attend their annual meeting to be held October 21st through the 23rd
in Beaufort. The Museum Small Craft Association is a national
organization of museum professionals and others including amateurs who share an
interest in small boat conservation and restoration, the preservation of
traditional skills, scholarly research and historic boat documentation.
Individual membership is free, institutional membership is $50/year. For more
information on this year’s meeting visit the Maritime Museums website and click
on the ‘What’s Happening’ tab to the left, then click ‘MSCA’. Hope to see you
Charles B. Aycock Birthplace (http://www.nchistoricsites.org/aycock/aycock.htm)
to hold Reading, Writing, and Remembering Program to commemorate the 120th
anniversary of Oak Plain school, on Saturday, October 26 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at
the Governor Charles B. Aycock Birthplace State Historic Site. Spend the day
with a school marm, practice writing with a quill pen dipped in ink, take a
ride in a wagon, meet “Gov. Aycock” and enjoy cake and ice cream while
listening to the Bluegrass sounds of Sapony Creek. Learn about early education
from guest speaker Dr. James L. Leloudis, Professor, Associate Dean of Honors,
and Director of the James M. Johnson Center for Undergraduate Excellence at UNC
Waterworks Visual Arts Center (www.waterworks.org)
invites you to register for a unique 2-day workshop with an award-winning fiber
artist. Acclaimed textile and book
artist, Peg Gignoux, will visit from Raleigh for this special 2-day
workshop. Students will create one-of-a-kind sculptural handmade books
from start to finish using the Coptic stitch binding method. On Friday,
students will create a variety of handmade papers to use in their book.
On Saturday, students will construct the cover, create the sections of
their book using the handmade papers, and learn the Coptic stitching process.
This is a unique opportunity to learn these techniques to make more books
at home to use personally or give as gifts!
Workshop is on Friday, October 25, 6-8pm and Saturday, October 26,
10am-4pm (bring a bag lunch!). Participants must attend both days. Tuition is
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (www.naturalsciences.org) gets creepy
for Natural History Halloween! Don’t like spiders and snakes? Meet some up
close and turn your fears to fascination when the North Carolina Museum of
Natural Sciences hosts Natural History Halloween on Saturday, October 26 from
9am to 4 pm. Free. Visitors can face their fears at educational stations
featuring live animals including snakes, spiders and lizards from the Museum’s
Living Collections. Kids 12 and under can participate in the annual costume
contest with categories that include “Creepy and Crawly,” “One of a Kind,”
“Fantastically Fictional,” “I Belong in a Museum” and “Creatures of the Night.”
Contestants must enter by 3pm; prizes will be awarded at 4pm. There will also
be a Halloween-themed game and kids can make a spooky craft to take home.
Natural History Halloween is an annual fundraiser for the Museum’s teenage
volunteer group, the Junior Curators. Sales of pizza, beverages and
Halloween-themed home-baked goodies help raise money to support field
experiences led by Museum researchers and staff. Come out and support this
highly motivated group of teens! For more information, visit
naturalsciences.org or call 919-707-9882.
Art Museum (www.cameronartmuseum.com) presents Rural Academy Theater on
Friday, October 25, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
This is theater like no other, at a much slower pace, 2.5 mph slow. As
part of their circuit tour this fall, the Rural Academy Theater (http://ruralacademytheater.com/)
will be hoofing its way through North Carolina with a batch of exciting new
shows! A team of four performers and
four musicians will stage an original work combining live acting, puppetry,
audience manipulated kinetic sculpture and a bicycle powered silent cinema
accompanied by live klezmer and traditional Appalachian music. The fun
family-oriented evening will begin with a large scale toy theater adaptation of
an ancient French folktale presented outdoors on our horse drawn stage. Next,
commedia dell’arte meets early film noir in a wordless whodunit romp, followed
by a surprise silent film with live accompaniment by the Rural Academy
Orkestar. All this brought to you courtesy of the Slow Theater Movement at 2.5
mph. See you there! Cost: Children 12
and under: $5.00, Public: $10.00. This
event will be held on Museum grounds weather permitting, indoors if not.
Purchase seats on CAM’s website www.cameronartmuseum.com, by phone or in
(www.handsonwnc.org) the children’s
museum in downtown Hendersonville, is hosting an educational craft in honor of
Dios de los Muertos- Day of the Dead! The holiday focuses on gathering of
family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have
died. This day is especially important in Mexico, where it is a national
holiday. We will be offering a self-directed craft activity all day Friday,
November 1st for all ages. Craft is included with $5 admission/ free
for members. Sponsored by Drs. Reid & Reid, Pediatric Dentistry &
NCMC Events From Around the State… October 7, 2013
1). Hands On! the children’s museum
in downtown Hendersonville,
invites you to Mad Scientists Lab: Glow
in the Dark Putty on October 22nd from 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Join Dr. Bunson
& Dr. Beaker in the Mad Scientist Lab as they make crazy concoctions. $6
non-members (includes admission for child participating in class); free for
members. Limited spaces. Ages 3 yrs & up. Please call to 697-8333
2). Historic Edenton State Historic Site invites you to Pirate Family Fun Day on Saturday, October 12th from 10:00 a.m.
– 3:30 p.m. at the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse. Dress in your best pirate
costume, tour the Queen Anne’s Revenge Traveling Exhibit, learn to fire a
cannon, make pirate crafts, play colonial games and more! Admission is $1 for adults and 25¢ for school age children. Email Edenton@ncdcr.gov
for more information.
3). Cape Fear Museum has an artifact looking for new home.
Due to storage and gallery space constraints, Cape Fear Museum has deaccessioned from its
collections a Victorian-era freight elevator. It was removed from the
George R. French & Sons building at 30 North Front Street, Wilmington,
when the building was being renovated. Although patented in 1871 by James
Bates of Baltimore, this particular elevator was
installed in the French
1898. Platform, fly wheel, gears, frame,
cable and weights are complete and all included. If you are interested in this
object for your museum collection, please contact Barbara Rowe, Curator, Cape Fear
Museum, at email@example.com
4). Battleship North Carolina invites you to “Hidden Battleship” on
Saturday, October 12th. For the explorer
at heart, bring a friend and join us for a unique, behind-the-scenes tour of
un-restored areas of the Battleship. The four-hour tour consists of small
groups with guides. Guests explore the bow (officers' country and boatswain
locker), third deck (Radio II, brig, after gyro, storage rooms, ammunition
handling, Engineer's office, torpedo area), Engine room #1, and climb inside
the fire control tower to the top of the ship. The Azalea Coast Radio Club will
be in Radio II to explain their work on the ship's radio transmitters. It’s the
tour that brings out the “Indiana Jones” in all of us, without the snakes! The tour is limited to ages 12 and older and
limited to 40 participants per time slot. It is not appropriate for those who
have difficulty climbing narrow ladders or over knee-high hatches. Wear warm,
comfortable, washable clothing, sturdy, rubber-soled shoes and bring a camera!
Choose between a morning (8:30 – 12:30) or afternoon (1:30 – 5:30) tour.
Registration and payment are due by Thursday, October 10th. Tour is $50/$45for
Friends of the Battleship or active military. Call 910-251-5797 for
5). Cameron Art Museum is
providing an opportunity for local area educators in New Hanover and
surrounding counties to learn about programs designed to support educators with
their instructional requirements, museum educational initiatives, Museum School
and the ways the museum works with educators to meet their school's focus and
goals. During this free event, educators have an opportunity to explore
engaging options open to them through the museum, whether the class they teach
is math, science or even art. Learn what the museum has to offer while enjoying
an evening among colleagues. Informational handouts and free passes will be
given to educators. The free Free
Educator’s Night will take place on Wednesday, October 16th from 5:00 p.m. to
6). Country Doctor Museum
brings “History Alive!” on Saturday, October 12th from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Free activities will include museum tours and horse drawn carriage rides from
11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Traditional and popular music from the mid-19th century
will be performed by The Huckleberry Brothers Band. Civil War re-enactors from the 1st North
Carolina Field Hospital will have a replica medical tent and ambulance on
display. Braxton Overby, a historical interpreter from Mordecai Historic
Park, will demonstrate
hearth cooking. Vendors including Ward’s
Steak and Cheese of Wilson will be selling a variety of food including
barbecue, turkey legs, hot dogs, funnel cakes, fried Oreos and more. The Aurora Fossil
Museum, Bentonville Battlefield, Historic Yates
Park, Imagination Station Science and History Museum,
Joel Lane House, Pope House Museum,
Rocky Mount Children's Museum and Science
Center, Roma’s Clydesdale Farm and Sylvan Heights
will offer free activities and demonstrations for visitors.
7). Waterworks Visual Arts Center invites you to
register for a unique 2-day workshop with an award-winning fiber artist. Acclaimed textile and book artist, Peg
Gignoux, will visit from Raleigh
for this special 2-day workshop. Students will create one-of-a-kind
sculptural handmade books from start to finish using the Coptic stitch binding
method. On Friday, students will create a variety of handmade papers to
use in their book. On Saturday, students will construct the cover, create
the sections of their book using the handmade papers, and learn the Coptic
stitching process. This is a unique opportunity to learn these techniques
to make more books at home to use personally or give as gifts! Workshop is on Friday, October 25, 6-8pm and
Saturday, October 26, 10am-4pm (bring a bag lunch!). Participants must attend
both days. Tuition is $200.
8). North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and the North Carolina section of the American Chemical Society have teamed up
once again to present Chemistry Day on Saturday, October 12 from 9 a.m. to 4
p.m. at the Museum. At Chemistry Day, kids and adults discover that there is
more to chemistry than just protons and neutrons as they participate in
hands-on chemical experiments, and enjoy exhibits and special presentations.
Some of those experiments include testing the density of liquids with water and
recyclable plastics, identifying plastics that shrink in the oven, and using
iodine and starch to test for Vitamin C.
All of the Chemistry Day activities will take place in the Main Museum.
Free. This year’s theme is “Energy: Now and Forever.”
9). N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher invites you to carve out a win at the aquarium. Pumpkin? Check. Creativity?
Check. Looks like you've got what it takes to enter the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher's
inaugural Trick or Treat Under the Sea Pumpkin Carving Contest. Get
crafty this Halloween season and sculpt your best aquatic–themed jack-o-lantern
to win! Pumpkin entries will be judged based on originality, theme and
craftsmanship. Winning entries receive scary good prizes including a $50 gift
card and four tickets to Trick or Treat Under the Sea for the first place
pumpkin. All pumpkins will be displayed
at the Aquarium’s annual pre-Halloween festival 5 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct.
24 and Friday, Oct. 25. Thousands of children and adults enjoy dressing up and
prowling the Aquarium galleries for spooky good times each year. Besides
collecting treats and looking at cool pumpkin carvings, this year’s guests can enjoy
roving performers, magic shows, games, spooky divers and, of course, wild
critters. The pumpkin carving contest is free to enter. Trick or Treat Under
the Sea tickets are $8, children 2 and younger are free. Entry forms, contest
rules and advance tickets are available online and at the Aquarium.
10). Reynolda House Museum of American Art invites you to a new exhibition that will explore art as form of protest
against social injustice. “Partisans: Social Realism in American Art” will be
on view Oct. 5, 2013 - March 16, 2014 in the museum’s west bedroom gallery in
the historic house. “Partisans” is one of several small exhibitions of
the museum’s collections that rotate periodically in the museum’s historic
house galleries. These exhibitions are included in the cost of admission to
Reynolda House. Information on current and upcoming exhibitions and works of
art currently on view is available at reynoldahouse.org.
11). Historic Wilmington Foundation’s ‘Vintage’ event returns on Friday, October 25th at 6:30 p.m. The ‘Vintage’ Event will be held again at the
elegantly restored Brooklyn
Our live and silent auctions will feature vacation packages and amazing
experience packages, vintage finds and wine. Guests will enjoy signature
items from the area’s finest restaurants and caterers and live music.
This year we will again have the option of smartphone bidding for the silent
auction. Tickets are $100 per person, $175 per couple or special $50
pricing for those under 35. Tables of 8 are available for $640. To
purchase tickets or for additional information call 762-2511 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds go towards our mission at HWF to
protect and preserve the irreplaceable resources in Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear region.
NCMC Events From Around the State… September 30, 2013
1). The Ava Gardner Museum recently made Todd
Johnson full-time executive director. Johnson has been serving as a part-time
director since August 2011. In addition to planning exhibits and events,
grant-writing, and management of the Ava Gardner Trust, he has also
spear-headed publication of Living with
Miss G, a memoir by Gardner’s
longtime personal assistant, Mearene Jordan, which the museum published in
2012. Another memoir, Ava Gardner: The
Secret Conversations, which Gardner started
author Peter Evans in 1988, was released by Simon and Schuster in July 2013 and
made the New York Times Bestseller List several weeks. The museum’s annual Ava
Gardner Festival, to be held October 4-6, will commemorate the 50th anniversary
of the film The Night of the Iguana,
based on a Tennessee Williams novel. For the kick-off gala, a countywide “Mad
About Ava” Cocktail Party is being staged in the museum, with satellite parties
in local wineries, breweries, and restaurants. Festival activities also include
a Heritage Tour of Gardner’s birthplace, childhood home, and gravesite, as well
as new exhibits and screenings of The Night of the Iguana in the museum. For
more information, please visit the museum’s website.
2). Bellamy Mansion presents a special lecture, “Women’s Attitudes towards Secession and the Civil
War”, on Thursday, October 10th at 6:30 p.m. Original, unpublished documents
and correspondence from gifted Sandhills women provide unique and fascinating
perspectives of the beginning, middle, and end of the Civil War period in North
Carolina. An initially uplifting, idealistic support of the Union
as a great experiment in democracy and self-rule ultimately fades into prayers
for return of the surviving men as well as hopes for peace, followed by
ultimate acceptance of the bitter realities of war on a land and a people
crushed in the aftermath. Poignant descriptions of the impact of Sherman’s “scorched earth
policy” on a once proud and surprisingly literary Sandhills community remind us
once again that war is hell, even when it is brother against—sister. Special speaker, Mary Wayne Watson, received
her Ph.D. from the University
of Virginia and her MA
from UNC-Chapel Hill. This lecture is free and open to the public.
3). North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort invites you to stop by and bring your lunch for their first Brown Bag Gam of
the season! These informal but informative presentations will cover North Carolina’s rich
maritime history, coastal culture and marine animals. On September 18 at noon
the Museum will host historian and story-teller Capt. Wayne Willis from down
east North Carolina.
Capt. Wayne will be covering ‘Stories from Williston, NC’
in his first of a series of presentations. This program is free.
4). NC Museum of Forestry announces the return of Open Minds Teen Science Café for its second year on Friday,
September 20th at 5:00 p.m. with the Adventures of the Weightless Lumbees. Have you ever wondered what it would feel
like to be weightless? How about what
effect the force of gravity has on our bodies?
Join Dr. Timothy Ritter, Professor of Physics at UNC Pembroke, and his
research group, the Weightless Lumbees, as they discuss the answers to these
questions, and many more, drawing from their experiences as members of NASA’s
Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program. The Open Minds Teen Science Café brings teens
together in an informal setting to learn about science and technology. Each café includes a real life scientist
speaking about a chosen topic, an interactive activity relating to the
discussion, snacks and time to network with other teens that enjoy science.
5). Museum of the Albemarle will celebrate “Take a Child Outside Week” on Saturday, September 28th from 10
a.m. until 2 p.m. Participants will take
a walk through history with postcards.
Compare the past and present through postcards while strolling the
streets of Downtown
Elizabeth City. Walks will be held at 10 a.m. and Noon. Free
Family Program. For More Information
6). Polk County Historical Association will host Bill Moss on Saturday, September 21st at 1:00 p.m. Bill will
discuss his new book "The Westfeldts of Rugby Grange.” His talk will
highlight Sidney Lanier and his connection to Western NC
and the Westfeldts.
7). Museum of Anthropology invites you to the new version of their Day of the Dead exhibit this year,
entitled “Life after Death: The Day of the Dead in Mexico”. The exhibit will be on
display through December 13th. The exhibit's centerpiece is a traditional
Mexican ofrenda, an altar with food and beverage offerings, flowers, sugar
skulls, and photos of deceased family members. We've also included new
information this year about the celebration's history and its skeleton-themed
folk art. A children's ofrenda and a digital photo essay illustrating the
celebration in San Miguel Allende are also on display. The exhibit features
text in English and Spanish.
8). Gregg Museum invites you to an opening reception on
Thursday, September 19th at 6:00 p.m. for their new exhibit “MEASURE OF EARTH:
Textiles and Territory in West Africa”. The exhibit is installed at the African
American Cultural Center Gallery, 2nd Floor, Witherspoon
and will be on display until December.Drawing primarily from the rich holdings
of African materials in the Gregg
collections, MEASURE OF EARTH explores the intricate relationships and meanings
behind the patterns and imagery of West African textiles. The exhibition title
refers to how African art not only serves to form visual links between local
traditions and specific features and places in the landscape, but also to the
geometric patterning that yields vivid visual energy to the textiles, artifacts
and clothing that people wear. The word “geometry” derives from Latin words for
"earth” and “measuring.” The MEASURE OF EARTH exhibition includes a
student-participatory fashion show in the Campus Cinema in Witherspoon Student
Center on November 7th at 7:00 p.m.,
created by Ghanaian designer/dressmaker Adelaide Afua Wotortsi who now lives in
The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, will launch its film series to
augment the upcoming exhibition Graphic
Design: Now in Production, on September 19th at 7:00 p.m. The first film
will be From Nothing, Something, a
documentary about the creative process by director Tim Cawley. The film
features designers from the fields of architecture, cartooning, film creature
development, video gaming, songwriting and screenwriting. Fast Company called
this film, “Inspiring and motivating.”
The upcoming exhibition (opening October 26) Graphic Design: Now in Production is a dynamic exploration of
communication design in all its vitality. This exhibition is an incredible
showcase of design-driven magazines, newspapers, books and posters as well as
the proliferation of branding programs for companies, communities and
individuals that shape our views. Graphic
Design: Now in Production gathers the last decade of typography and its
evolution, thanks to digital media. The exhibition shows the impact of the
storytelling aspect of film and TV titles that pick up where the James Bond
opening sequence left off and how design can transform dull data into
compelling perspectives and narratives that enlighten thinking.
10). Waterworks Visual Arts Center invites you to their
fall exhibition, “Restructure - Contrast and Balance”, September
14th, 2013 – February 1st, 2014.
Three regional artists’ diverging styles meet in a challenging
exhibition that highlights the juxtaposition of contrasting elements,
challenging the viewer to explore the concept of co-existing contrasts that
present an array of conflicts. This exhibition explores how artists
arrange elements in their work to depict the complex dynamic relationships
between distinctly different elements and ideas. They present an array of
paintings, sculpture, and photography which investigates perceived visual
contrasts that offset one another. Faculty artists include Lino Azevedo,
Jonathan Church, Peter Goff, Rachel Goldstein, Stephen Hayes, Jonathan Hoffman,
Anna Kenar, Francine Kola-Bankole, Andrew Leventis, Jenn Selby, Jerome Sturm,
and Lorraine Turi. Opening Reception is Friday, September 20.
Informal gallery talks with the artists begin at 5pm followed by the reception
from 6-8pm. Free and open to the public. Gallery hours are MWF
10am-5pm, TT 10am-7pm, S 11am-3pm. Admission is free, donations