1). Cape Fear Museum
presents “OCEAN Perspectives: North Carolina’s Endangered Whales”
on Tuesday, December 9
, at 6:30 p.m. Why are marine mammal strandings common events along our beaches? UNC-Wilmington researchers and marine mammal experts Ann Pabst and Bill McLellan explore whale migration and discuss why our coastal waters are a critical habitat for threatened and endangered species. “North Carolina’s Endangered Whales” is offered in partnership with NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Seating is limited. Call 910.798.4362 for reservations.
2). Mint Museum of Art
: This winter, Andy Warhol’s famous “Campbell’s Soup Cans” won’t be the only food items on view at The Mint Museum. Through February 15, 2009
, visitors to the Mint Museum of Art and the Mint Museum of Craft + Design will receive $1 off admission when they bring in a canned good or other non-perishable food item
. The food drive will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.
3). Greensboro Children’s Museum
: Santa Claus visits
GCM on Friday, December 12
, 6-7:30 p.m. Ho! Ho! Ho! We have exciting holiday news! Jolly ol ’Santa will be making a special appearance at the Greensboro Children’s Museum this year! Parents and children of all ages are invited to the Museum on Friday night to see Santa, give him hugs, sit on his lap, and take pictures with him in our Big Red Chair! Please bring your own camera for pictures. Cost is $3 for admission; free for GCM Members.
4). Museum of the Albemarle
will hold “Pre-Schooler Time”
on Thursday, December 11, 2008
from 10:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Participants must be between the ages of 3 to 5 years old and must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-Schoolers will discover how Christmas tree lights have evolved over the years, read a story and participate in a creative activity.
5). Bellamy Mansion Museum
: The Holiday Belles, an organization dedicated to support the historic Bellamy Mansion in its preservation efforts, will host a Girl’s Night Out
on Thursday, December 11, 2008
, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. at Lavish Salon and Spa, located at 1051 Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington. Proceeds from this year’s event will help assist with the renovation of the Bellamy’s Slave Quarters. The original brick slave quarters is one of three existing urban slave quarters in the United States that is available to the public.
6). Robeson County History Museum
will sponsor its annual Christmas Home Tour
on Saturday, December 13, 2008
from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The tour will feature five homes, a church as well as the museum.
7). N.C. Transportation Museum
: Santa Claus gives Donner, Blitzen, and all his reindeer a break each December weekend before Christmas. Instead of a sled, Santa will ride the rails at the N.C. Transportation Museum
. Santa Train runs on December 6-7, 13-14, 20-21
(Saturdays and Sundays). Ride Times: 10, 10:45, 11:30 a.m., 1, 1:45, 2:30, 3:15 p.m. Santa Train tickets are $7 person or $6 per person with the donation of an unwrapped gift for needy children. Children who are younger than 3 and will sit on a guardian's lap for the length of the train ride are free and do not need a ticket to ride the train. Santa Train tickets can be purchased only at the N.C. Transportation Museum on the day of the event.
8). Weatherspoon Art Museum
presents “Noon @ the 'Spoon - Art on Paper 2008”
on Tuesday, December 9
, 12 noon. You provide the brown bag lunch, we’ll take care of the rest! Join us for a 20-minute staff or docent-led gallery tour, complimentary beverage and baked goods (kindly donated by Tate Street Coffee)—all sponsored by the Weatherspoon Association Board. Noon @ the ‘Spoon tours begin at 12 noon each second Tuesday of the month. The social gathering will take place in the Association Room on the first floor, following the gallery tour. No RSVP required, but we welcome your call for planning purposes.
9). N.C. State Capitol
: Continuing a decades-long tradition at the North Carolina’s Capitol, Gov. Mike Easley and First Lady Mary Easley will light the colorfully decorated state Christmas tree Wednesday, Dec. 10
. Sponsored by the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh and the N.C. State Capitol staff, this free, public celebration will begin at 5 p.m. with luminaries being lit on Capitol Square and holiday music being sung by the St. Mary’s School of Raleigh Chorale. At 6:15 p.m., the governor and first lady will hang wreaths on the Capitol’s west door and light the state tree afterwards.
10). Reynolda House Museum of American Art
: A holiday tradition returns to Reynolda House Museum of American Art in December. Robin Voiers will appear in “A Christmas Memory”
on Saturday, December 13
at 5 p.m. A favorite with families, the play is recommended for children age 10 and above.
11). Historic Halifax State Historic Site
: The ways Revolutionary War soldiers and civilians celebrated the holiday season
will be recalled at Historic Halifax State Historic Site Saturday, Dec. 13
, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This fun family event will feature colorful living history demonstrations, military drills presented by the 5th North Carolina Regiment of the Continental Line re-enactors, historic buildings decorated like they would have been during the War for Independence, a heritage crafts show and sale, and much more.
12). Duke Homestead State Historic Site
: Remember how people in North Carolina’s Piedmont celebrated the holidays 140 years ago at the Duke Homestead State Historic Site on Friday, Dec. 12.
from 7-9 p.m. The old Duke family homestead will literally glow during the free “Christmas by Candlelight”
program, which evokes a typical Christmas in the 1870s. Both nights, visitors can tour the Duke family’s 19th-century farmhouse by candlelight, gather in the parlor to sing carols, enjoy apple cider and sugar cookies, and sample popcorn cooked the old-fashioned way over a roaring bonfire.