An occasional list of exhibits, programs, and events at North Carolina museums. Sponsored by the North Carolina Museums Council.

Monday, April 02, 2007

(From Monday, March 26, 2007)

The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA, Winston-Salem) has announced a new partnership with the University of Virginia for its graduate Summer Institute, entering its 31st year. The 2007 Institute will focus on the Chesapeake Region. The deadline for applications is April 20, 2007. For details on the partnership, tuition costs and application materials, contact Sally Gant, Director of MESDA Education ( or 336-721-7361).

On Wednesday, April 4 at 7 p.m. (2nd floor, Talley Student Center, NCSU, Raleigh), the Gregg Museum of of Art & Design will host a Gallery Talk with Mary Emma Harris, director of the Black Mountain College Project. Free, open to the public ( Also, on April 12 at 7 p.m.: a panel discussion, Potters and Their Sources.

The Cashiers Historical Society and the Cashiers Community Center has set Saturday, March 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. as Heritage Apple Day (843-743-7710 for more information).

The Easter Bunny returns to the N.C. Transportation Museum, Spencer March 31 and April 1 and again on April 6 and 7. Visit the website or call 877-NCTM-FUN for details and prices.

On Thursday, March 29 at 7 p.m., a free public presentation, "Refuge at Risk: The Navy and Pocosin Lakes," will be given at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, by Audubon North Carolina Executive Director Chris Canfield. Natural Sciences will also be open from 5-9 p.m. as part of First Friday activities on Friday, April 6.

Historic Hope Plantation, Windsor, will present a series of talks on "African American Artisans of the Antebellum South" from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 13. The event is free; box lunches will be available for $13.

The next African-American History Day presentation at Bellamy Mansion Museum, Wilmington, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 12.

"Flower Power" will be offered at Kids Place, Discovery Place on Friday, April 6th. Free with admission.

"Photography on Film Series: Fire in the East: A Portrait of Robert Frank and True Story" is on tap at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, on Thursday, April 5th at 7 p.m. The Weatherspoon will also open a Maud Gatewood Exhibition on Sunday, April 8 at 1 p.m., and offer a Tuesday @ 2 curator-led tour of "Catherine Opie: 1999 & In and Around Home" on Tuesday, April 10 at 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 1st at 3 p.m., The Mint Museum of Art will host a concert with Chamber Music of Charlotte (free with admission). A Daytime Adult Drawing & Painting Class ("A point of view: narrative art") is scheduled from Thursday, April 5 from 2-4 p.m. Call 704-337-2098 for tuition fee information and required pre-registration. An Artists' Forum will be held Tuesday, April 10 from 7-8:30 p.m. (free to the public).

Tryon Palace, New Bern, will present a Historical Punch & Judy Puppet Show on April 14 and April 28 at 11 a.m. April 13-15 is the Palace's Garden Lovers Weekend.

The N.C. Museum of History, Raleigh, will host Newcomers Series: Folk Potters of North Carolina, with Charles "Terry" Zug, at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 13. $10 per person, free to Associates. Call 919-807-7968 to register by April 5.

"Heroes and Home Fires" is the current exhibit, through July 8, at the 1897 Poe House, Museum of the Cape Fear, Fayetteville. The April 1 Heritage Class is Quilting (1-5 p.m., $15 fee)

Jim W. Bunch will discuss and sign his book "Germany's U-85: A Shadow in the Sea" on Thursday, April 5 at 7 p.m. at the Museum of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City.

At the N.C. Maritime Museum, Beaufort, upcoming programs include the Rachel Carson Reserve Tour (Wed., April 4 from 1:15 to 4:30, reservations and fee required, 252-728-7317); and a Marine Life Collecting Cruise from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, April 11 (reservations and fee also required, call 252-728-7317).

The Tryon Palace Fife & Drum Corps will perform at the N.C. State Capitol on the south plaza at about 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11.

The Wake County Historical Society will host Peggy Van Scoyoc on "Just a Horse-Stopping Place: An Oral History of Cary," at the Olivia Raney Library, 4016 Carya Drive, Raleigh, on Sunday, April 15th at 2:30 p.m.

Historic Oak View County Park has scheduled a Tea Party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 14th -- free admission!