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

Monday, April 09, 2012

NCMC Events From Around the State… April 9, 2012

1). Port Discover The favorite science hobby of beachcombing is the subject of the April 14 Second Saturday Science at Port Discover. Terri Kirby Hathaway, Marine Education Specialist with NC Sea Grant, visits Port Discover to teach kids all about beachcombing during “Beach in a Shoebox.” The program begins at 11:00 am. Kids will get to take home their own beachcombing booty!

2). Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum What happened to the lush forests of Hatteras Island? As part of the North Carolina Science Festival, the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum offers a free program on how the island’s ecology has changed, on Friday, April 13, at 11 a.m. The Museum will be participating in the N.C. Science Festival to show the link between history and science.

3). Waterworks Visual Arts Center Celebrating Rowan County’s Young Artists at Waterworks Visual Arts Center. Now in its 29th year, this rotating exhibition features the artwork of nearly 800 students representing Salisbury-Rowan County’s public, independent, and home schooled students. These exhibitions celebrate both the outstanding efforts of the art specialists who teach the creative process and the extraordinary talents of our county’s youth. Middle school exhibition is on view through April 19. High school exhibition is April 21 – May 12. Spring exhibition “Multiplicity” is also on view through May 12.

4). HandsOn! is excited to host musical visitor, Tania Battista, of the YouTheatre Program of the Flat Rock Playhouse. She will sing at Hands On! Friday, April 13th at 11:00a.m. Cost to attend is included in $5 admission and is free for museum members. Tania’s songs are great for any age and will be fun and interactive. Later that afternoon, from 1:00 – 2:30 pm, Hands On! is hosting a special spring break class – The Royal Tea Party! All young prince & princesses are invited to make their own crown and learn tea party manners that they will use at the Royal Tea Party. This class is for ages 3-6 years (must be potty trained; younger with accompanied adult).

5). Tryon Palace presents Behind the Scenes of the Tryon Palace Gardens on Wednesday, April 18 from 2 pm - 3 pm. Tour begins at the Way Station on corner of George & Pollock Streets. Join the Tryon Palace Garden Staff for a behind-the-scenes look at the Tryon Palace gardens. Tour the greenhouse which produces the flowers, vegetables and perennials for the famous Tryon Palace Gardens. Then, stroll through the Palace gardens while listening to information on specific plants and design techniques. $6 adults, $3 students; included with regular admission.

6). Bellamy Mansion Join us in the Parlor at the Historic Bellamy Mansion for a listening room concert Jazz Age: The Music of the 1920’s, Friday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. featuring the smooth and sophisticated vocals of Susan Savia, accompanied by the amazing and talented Al DiMarco on piano and accordion. $20 and seating is limited. Come dressed in your favorite vintage outfit! Wine and beer will be available for purchase, and we’ll have tasty desserts during the break. All proceeds from this concert go to the historic Bellamy Mansion Museum.

7). Reynolda House Museum of American Art will hold gallery discussions this spring in conjunction with two current exhibitions, A Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era, on view through Aug. 5, 2012 and “Domestic Bliss: Art at Home in Britain and American, 1780–1840,” on view through May 20, 2012. Gallery discussions for “Domestic Bliss” will be held on Thursdays, Apr. 12 and Apr. 19 at noon. Guest curator Morna O’Neill and her student research assistants from Wake Forest University will share the cultural and historical aspects of works in the exhibition. O’Neill is an assistant professor in the department of art at Wake Forest.

8). N.C. Museum of History presents History à la Carte: Folk Potters of North Carolina on Wednesday, April 11, 12:10-1 p.m. Bring your lunch; beverages are provided. Charles Zug, Retired Professor of English and Folklore, UNC-Chapel Hill. Generations of potters in our state have produced traditional utilitarian pieces of earthenware and stoneware. Learn about craftspeople and the development of the pottery industry in North Carolina. Zug is the author of “Turners and Burners: The Folk Potters of North Carolina”.

9). Mount Airy Museum of Regional History presents History Talks: Stoneman’s Raid with Author Chris Hartley on Saturday April 14 at 2pm, free to the public. Civil War Author Chris Hartley will discuss his latest book "Stoneman's Raid, 1865" and the effect of the raid on the people of this area. In the spring of 1865, Federal Major General George Stoneman launched a cavalry raid deep into the heart of the Confederacy. Over the next two months, Stoneman’s cavalry rode across six Southern states, fighting fierce skirmishes and destroying supplies and facilities.

10). Museum of the Albemarle Check out the Museum of the Albemarle on Saturday, April 14, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. to view the race cars of Dixieland Speedway’s 2012 racing season. For Dixieland Speedway’s annual car show, talk with the drivers and crew, see the race cars and reminisce about the past. Not only will race cars will be on display but other types of vehicles involved in organized racing at Dixieland Motorsports Complex will be on hand. See go-karts, 4-wheelers, motorcycles and show cars. Come on out and join in the fun and excitement. This is a free family event!


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