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

Monday, October 11, 2010

NCMC Events From Around the State… October 11, 2010

1). Port Discover Port Discover, in partnership with Elizabeth City State University, offers Weekend Science Lab Experience on Saturday, October 16 at 9:00 am at Elizabeth City State University. The program will offer 9 to 12-year-olds the opportunity to work with a scientist in the labs at ECSU and conduct a hands-on scientific experiment. The program is open to the public. Reservations are required.

2). Gregg Museum of Art & Design presents Ben Galata and Evan Lightner: Handcraft is Contemporary Design running October 14 to December 18, reception Thursday, October 14 from 6-8pm. Objects by ironsmith Ben Galata and furniture maker Evan Lightner appear together to demonstrate how meticulous detail forms and informs both their work. Galata creates furnishings, sculpture and architectural details in forged and fabricated steel, combining traditional blacksmithing processes with a contemporary design aesthetic.

3). Museum of the Albemarle Pre-Schooler Time will be held at the Museum of the Albemarle on Thursday, October 14, 2010 and Wednesday, October 20, 2010 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 learn how boats were the main mode of transportation in the Albemarle region before bridges, read a book and participate in a hands-on activity.

4). Natural Science Center of Greensboro presents Astronomy Day on Saturday, October 16 / 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Come out and enjoy a fun day of learning about the vast and beautiful universe we live in. View the sun safely through a telescope, explore space on a computer, see what the sky looked like on the day you were born and more! There will be free “Sky Tonight” shows in the OmniSphere at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Hosted by the Greensboro Astronomy Club. Free with admission/membership.

5). WCU Craft Revival Project Jackson County Visual Arts Association and Western Carolina University’s Craft Revival Project are sponsoring Hand + Craft: A Jackson County Celebration, a month-long, invitational exhibition held at Gallery One in Sylva. The exhibit, featuring 15 professional craftsmen, was organized in conjunction with the national American Craft Week. The exhibit remains open until Oct 24th.

6). Greensboro Children’s Museum Don’t miss The Greensboro Children’s Museum’s 1st annual Harvest Hoedown on Saturday, October 16, 2010 , 5-8pm. It’s an evening of BBQ and bluegrass for the whole family. Pull out your overalls, boots, and hats and we’ll get down at the 1st Annual “Harvest Hoedown”!

7). N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences The lives of ants and humans are alike in some surprising ways. Among the animals, only ants and humans deal with issues of public health, market economies, highways and traffic rules, and warfare. Learn more about our remarkable similarities when Mark W. Moffett discusses his new book, “Adventures Among Ants”, at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh, Tuesday, October 19 at 7pm. Free.

8). N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher Space is filling up quickly at The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher’s eighth annual Trick or Treat Under the Sea on Wednesday, October 27 and Thursday, October 28. Businesses and individuals still have time to purchase a booth and have their product seen by over 3,000 visitors. The event, also known as TOTUS, features indoor trick-or-treating for children from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

9). Guilford College Art Gallery in Greensboro is pleased to present the exhibition What I Keep: Photographs of the New Face of Homelessness and Poverty by Susan Mullally. Her photographic series explores “ideas of class, race, ownership, value and cultural identification.” Collaborating with the Church Under the Bridge, which has been meeting under Interstate 35 in Waco, Texas, for 16 years, Mullally asks members, most of whom are struggling with homelessness, addiction, mental illness or poverty-what he or she keeps and why it is valued. Exhibition runs Oct. 8 - Dec.10 and is free and open to the public.

10). Alamance Battleground A colonial blacksmith working at a forge, a militiaman firing a musket and a colonial housewife preparing a meal over an open fire -- these and other demonstrations of colonial life can be seen at Alamance Battleground State Historic Site in Burlington during its Colonial Living Week, Oct. 11-15. More than 1,800 students from across North Carolina will attend this free public program, occurring daily from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Organized groups are asked to make reservations. The event will offer plenty of hands-on activities for all.


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