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

Monday, October 24, 2011

NCMC Events From Around the State… October 24, 2011

1). The Bascom Looking for an artful alternative to Halloween? Then come to The Bascom in Highlands after six pm on Monday, October 31st, for “Spooky Raku: A Halloween Pottery Firing.” This event is free to the whole community. Spooky Raku will feature glowing red pots against the black night sky, creating a magnificent mood and an unforgettable All Hallows Eve. Everyone is welcome to come by The Bascom's Studio Barn in costume for this fun way to celebrate Halloween in Highlands, before or after you enjoy the tradition of trick-or-treating on Main Street. Enjoy this great new Highlands' tradition. No reservations are required.

2). Weatherspoon Art Museum WAM Association Presents: "Masquerade" on Friday, Oct 28, 7-10pm. "Masquerade" is sponsored by the Membership Committee of the Weatherspoon Art Museum Association as the first in a series of new membership cultivation parties coming to the museum this year. Hair and make-up artists will be on-hand to help you transform your look, and the evening will include food and drink, music, digital and Polaroid photographers, and other festivities indoors and out. In conjunction with the exhibition "Personna: A Body in Parts” which will be open for view.

3). Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson Fall is in the air, and its arrival marks the return of “Colonial Day at Brunswick”. This free educational event will be held Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Living historians, dressed in colonial attire, will demonstrate what life was once like in this 18th century port town. Interpretive stations with hands-on activities include stenciling, candle-dipping, militia drilling, and colonial toys and games. Other activities include foodways, lifestyles, colonial medicine, spinning and weaving, colonial medicine, and blacksmithing. Additionally, special tours of this summer’s Peace College Field School excavation area, led by archaeologists Tom Beaman, RPA, and Jennifer Gabriel, will be offered throughout the day.

4). Cameron Art Museum presents “David Dorfman Movement Workshop” on Thurs., Oct. 27, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Free and open to the public – dancers and non-dancers welcome! With the idea of dance as a form of activism, workshop participants will learn strategies for using movement as social and personal commentary. David Dorfman will guide participants to find compositional means for exploring areas about which they are passionate.

5). N.C. Maritime Museum at Beaufort presents “Fright Night” on Friday, Oct. 28 at 5:30 - 8 p.m. Don’t miss the spooky haunted exhibit hall, sweet treats, and a few tricks at this unique Museum event. Proceeds from this partnership help support the East Carteret High School Drama Club. $5 for adults, $2 for children (18 and under) – Museum members receive a discount.

6). Joel Lane Museum House will sponsor its annual “Tavern Party in the Gardens” on Thursday, October 27, 2011 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm with a rain date of Friday, October 28. Admission is $30 per person; $25 for members. The event will include a beer tasting of delicious brews from Boylan Bridge Brew Pub. Light hors d’oeuvres will be compliments of Mitch’s Tavern and NOFO at the Pig. Music on Thursday will be provided by Southern String Band. Volunteers will be on hand to lead guests through some of the activities colonial gentlemen engaged in at taverns, including table top games such as dice and quoits, and we will dance the Cumberland and Virginia Reels.

7). SECCA presents “Film @ SECCA: Journey Into Dyslexia” on Thursday, October 27, 7 pm. Triad Academy and the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) with special sponsorship from SECCA are showing the HBO2 documentary Journey Into Dyslexia on Thursday, October 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. A question and answer session will follow the film. This event is free and open to the public.

8). Museum of the Albemarle The Museum of the Albemarle and the Elizabeth City Fire Department will recognize “Fire Safety Month” on Tuesday, October 25 and Friday, October 28, at 10:00 am. Participants must be between the ages of 3 to 5 years old and must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-Schoolers will compare past and present fire trucks, clothing and equipment while participating in a hands-on activity. The Elizabeth City Fire Department will be present to take part in the activities. This is a free family event.

9). N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher will host its popular pre-Halloween “Trick-or-Treat Under the Sea” on two evenings again this year. The aquatically-themed festival will be held at the Aquarium from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 26, and Thurs., Oct. 27. Dress up in costume (no masks for adults, please) and check out what all the other goblins are wearing. Scoop up candy and prizes, play Halloween-themed games, and treat yourself to face-painting and fortune-telling. Two magic shows are offered each night by “No Sleeves Magic Camp”. There will be spooky divers in the big tank again this year, and two sets of haunted gardens – one for the very brave, and another for the more cautious.

10). Kings Mountain Historical Museum opened their latest exhibit “Honor Our Veterans: Remembering WWI” on September 6, 2011. The exhibit, which features artifacts and photographs from the First World War, will run until Saturday, November 12, 2011. “Honor Our Veterans: Remembering WWI”, offers visitors a chance to explore how the war affected American life both aboard and at home. Majority of the artifacts in the exhibit are from the Museum’s permanent collection, with a few items on loan from local Kings Mountain residents.


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