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

Monday, November 26, 2012

NCMC Events From Around the State… November 26, 2012

1). Joel Lane Museum House will sponsor its annual “Colonial Christmas Open House” celebration on Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, and donations are requested. Colonel Joel Lane was a founding father of North Carolina’s capital city and an officer in the Militia during the American Revolutionary War. The house will be decorated with traditional greenery and will reflect the very different way in which colonists and early Americans celebrated the Christmas holiday. Information about the house and grounds will be offered by costumed docents; re-enactors will demonstrate scenes of 18th-century life; the sounds of live music will fill the air; and other interpreters will entertain children using colonial games and crafts through the “Hands-on History” program.

2). Weatherspoon Art Museum presents “The Next Think Tank Thursdays” on Thursday, Nov 29, 6:30pm. Discover the connections between seemingly unrelated ideas in this new series that looks at contemporary culture by pairing scholars with community experts. Each program will explore two ideas in less than 60 minutes with ample time for questions and comments from the audience. Test your creative thinking skills or just come to have fun!

3). N.C. Maritime Museum at Beaufort The 2012 dive season on the Queen Anne’s Revenge wreck site has come to a close and archeologists have again pulled new pieces of history from Blackbeard’s famous ship. Join Nautical Archeologist David Moore as he reveals some of the recent findings on the “Q.A.R.” project. Wednesday December 5th at 12 noon in the Museum auditorium. The lecture is free and guests are welcome to bring their lunch to this “Brown Bag Gam”.

4). Asheville Art Museum The Big Crafty celebrates its 5th birthday on Sunday, December 2 with its 10th handmade, heartfelt, good-time event in partnership with the Asheville Art Museum, and all Asheville is invited to partake in the indie shopping fun! Join us for the event that Country Living magazine named one of the "Nation's 50 Coolest Craft Fairs" (November 2012)! Sunday, December 2 from 12-6pm at the Asheville Art Museum. Free & fun for the whole family! A highly select group of 75 talented indie artists and crafters will be on hand with one-of-a-kind gifts to please one and all! And in our tradition, it’ll be a great fair with DJ’d tunes by Whitney Shroyer (aka Dr Filth), goodies from Short Street Cakes and beverages both warm and frosty.

5). Kings Mountain Museum On Saturday, December 1, 2012, we’ll be celebrating Christmas at KMHM. Join us as they’ll be various activities in the Museum Commons such as the 38th NC Regiment, Civil War re-enactors, spinning demonstrations by Lynn Eskridge and Victoria Johansson and Scherenschnitte, the historic German art of paper-cutting demonstrations by Linda Bell. After the City of Kings Mountain’s annual Christmas parade the Museum will re-open at 5:30pm for candlelight tours of the Robert Barber House until 8:30pm. The Toys, Games & Trains exhibit and model railway will be open for visitors as well.

6). Tryon Palace presents “Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival at Tryon Palace” on Saturday, December 1 ~ 7:30 p.m. Cullman Hall, North Carolina History Center. The Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival is pleased to present the second concert of our inaugural season in New Bern. The concert is on Saturday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the North Carolina History Center's Cullman Performance Hall. Information about the concert and how to purchase tickets is below. World-renowned artists Thomas Sauer, piano and Amit Peled, cello will join me for this concert. Both have performed with the festival for many years in Greenville and I am very much looking forward to performing with them in New Bern for this special concert.

7). Blowing Rock Art & History Museum In culmination with the last day of the Bob Timberlake portion of the North Carolina Treasures exhibit, BRAHM is hosting a book signing with Timberlake featuring his latest book, “Life’s Lessons.” The artist and author will be at BRAHM from 3-5 pm following the downtown Blowing Rock Christmas Parade on Saturday, November 24, 2012.

8). Museum of the Albemarle “Holiday Open House ~ A Polar Express Adventure” on Saturday, December 1, 2012, 1:00 pm –4:00 pm. Experience the sights and sounds of the holidays during the Museum of the Albemarle’s Holiday Open House “A Polar Express Adventure” on Saturday, December 1st from 1:00 pm—4:00 pm. Children and adults will delight in the Albemarle Railroad Club’s O scale train display of the Polar Express. Members of the club will be on hand to operate and discuss their display. Polar Express themed decorations will adorn a spectacular lobby tree. Junior Docents will lead several creative activities giving visitors the opportunity to make a special Polar Express bell ornament for their own tree. Polar Express themed refreshments will be available for your enjoyment.

9). Bellamy Mansion Join the Burgwin-Wright House and the Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design Arts on Sunday, December 9, 5:00-8:00 p.m. for A Christmas Stroll Through the Past. Celebrate the season with an evening filled with holiday decorations, music, dancing, period costumes, refreshments, and more! Take a complimentary trolley ride, provided by Wilmington Trolley Company, between the two houses, or stroll through hundreds of luminaries lining Market Street and the Kenan Fountain. Admission is $25 for Adults ($20 if purchased before 12/1), $5 for Children ages 5-12, and Free for Children under 5. Tickets are on sale now at the Burgwin-Wright House, Bellamy Mansion Museum,

10). HandsOn! invites you to come to the 2nd class of a brand new program. “Learning Spanish -Creatively” will be held on Friday, December 7th, 2012 at 11am. Students will learn basic Spanish vocabulary and colors through games, dramatic play, movement and songs for this 3 week series: November-December series is “Feliz Navidad and Action Words”. Repetition is very important for children to learn a language. The class is taught by Colleen Schnitzer a freelance theatre, Spanish instructor and mother of three. Colleen has taught theatre from Seattle to North Carolina and most recently at Kanuga Conference Center. Hands On! is thrilled that Colleen is s haring her talents at the museum.

Monday, November 19, 2012

NCMC Events From Around the State… November 19, 2012

1). Museum of the Albemarle The Museum of the Albemarle will host the 8th Annual “Jingle Bells are Rocking at Museum of the Albemarle” on Friday, December 7, 2012. Pre-Schoolers three to five years of age with adult supervision will decorate houses from 10:00 am until 11:00 am. Kids of all ages (1-100+) will decorate houses from 3:30 pm until 4:45 pm. Learn basic architectural terms and the history of gingerbread at Christmas while decorating a medium size gingerbread house from the Lovin’ Oven with various candies. The only experience needed is a creative and open mind by all involved. However, the most important aspect of the workshop is to HAVE FUN! The program is $20.00 per house or $18.00 per house for FOMOA members if registered by Wednesday, November 21, 2012.

2). Kings Mountain Historical Museum On Saturday, December 1, 2012, we’ll be celebrating Christmas at KMHM. Join us as they’ll be various activities in the Museum Commons such as the 38th NC Regiment, Civil War re-enactors, spinning demonstrations by Lynn Eskridge and Victoria Johansson and Scherenschnitte, the historic German art of paper-cutting demonstrations by Linda Bell. After the City of Kings Mountain’s annual Christmas parade the Museum will re-open at 5:30pm for candlelight tours of the Robert Barber House until 8:30pm. The Toys, Games & Trains exhibit and model railway will be open for visitors as well.

3). Bellamy Mansion Museum The Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design Arts will undergo construction on Monday, November 19, 2012 to restore the mansion’s cistern and connect it to the surrounding irrigation system. Once completed, the project will allow the museum to collect and use rainwater when watering the gardens surrounding the site, rather than using the city’s municipal water. The project, which was funded by a grant from the Cape Fear Garden Club, will be completed by JB Lawn Sprinklers Inc. in four to five days.

4). Asheville Art Museum  presents “Lunchtime Art Break: Robert Morris: Mind / Body / Earth” on Friday, November 30 (12:00 – 1:00 p.m.) and led by Museum Curator Frank Thomson. The Asheville Art Museum is pleased to present a guided tour and discussion of “Robert Morris: Mind/Body/Earth”, a current exhibition featuring a wide range of works by the contemporary artist, including selections of his prints, drawings, sculpture and video works.

5). Cameron Art Museum presents “Annual Holiday Kids @ CAM” on December 8, 2012 12noon to 3pm. Bring your children to a very special and festive Holiday Kids @ CAM. The Music School of Wilmington will be providing jubilee music along with special guest musicians from the school performing holiday tunes. We will be offering a variety of holiday-themed art activities along with a gallery hunt. Also, a very special guest, Santa Claus is coming all the way from the North Pole to visit with the children and hand out treats, while he listens to each child’s wish list. You and your family will have a chance to craft art gifts and decorations to take home. This isn’t just for kids; it is fun for the whole family. The cost is $3 per child (members), $5 per child (non-members) and grown-ups are free.

6). HandsOn! Hands On!-A Child’s Gallery, the children’s museum located in downtown Hendersonville, is unveiling a new scavenger hunt called “Teeth” on Tuesday, November 27th. Request your copy of the scavenger hunt at the front desk, and test your observation skills & knowledge of the museum. It is sponsored by Drs. Reid & Reid, Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics.
7). Historic Oak View County Park presents “Sleigh Rides and Cider: A Winter Night at Oak View” on December 1, 2012, 5:00 - 7:30 pm. Get in the holidays spirit with your family and Historic Oak View at our annual winter event! Decorations and displays showing “Christmas at the Oak View Farm: How they celebrated from 1850 to 1950” will be on view in the Main House. Ride in a horse-drawn carriage through Oak View’s Pecan Grove, listen to holiday music and stories in the 1855 farmhouse, drink hot apple cider near the 1825 Plank Kitchen, buy handcrafted decorations and crafts, and, of course, don’t forget to visit with Old St. Nick! Homemade baked goods will also be available for purchase, which will benefit the Tenant House restoration project! This event, as always is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

8). N.C. Maritime Museum at Beaufort Turkey, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie! Make a great Thanksgiving meal, but what would a pirate typically dine on? Come find out at one of our "Brown Bag Gam" lectures on Wednesday, November 28th at noon. Museum educator Christine Brin will discuss what a typical pirate meal consisted of, bring your lunch if you'd like to compare! That following Friday the Maritime Museum at Beaufort will host a reading and book signing by author Bland Simpson in honor of his newest work "Two Captains from Carolina". This book chronicles the lives of two 19th century mariners in the days before the Civil War. Please join us on Friday, November 30th from noon until 2 p.m.

9). Waterworks Visual Arts Center  presents Winter Exhibition, “Art of Faiths – Religions of the World: Tolerance and Diversity”, November 26, 2012 – February 9, 2013. Expressing one’s religious beliefs through visual expression has been a basic tenant of mankind throughout the ages. From Paleolithic cave art found in France and detailed clay and stone works by Aztec Indians, to the architectural masterpieces of construction and artistic detail found in cathedrals, mosques, and temples around the world – it is with us. Through an assemblage of photographs, paintings, and mixed media works, seven contemporary artists express their personal relationships to their faiths including Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Christianity.

10). N.C. Transportation Museum  presents “Santa Train” on Nov. 23-24, Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23. Christmas is coming early this year at the N.C. Transportation Museum. Our most popular Christmas event, Santa Train, rolls out of the station Nov. 23-24 and weekends in December through Christmas. Each Saturday and Sunday, kids and their parents will be joined by elves on a train ride to remember. Kids will receive candy canes and oranges, a Southern Railway tradition dating back to the Great Depression. Santa Train tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for Seniors and Active Military, and $10 for children 3-12. Two and under always ride free.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

NCMC Events From Around the State…  November 12, 2012


1). Museum of the Albemarle ( The Kehukee & Sister Schools Project will present Living History of Legendary Schools:  Rural Segregated Schools of Pasquotank County, 1925-1951 at the Museum of the Albemarle on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm.  The program will include a brief historical overview of the rural segregated schools within Pasquotank County followed by two panels of former students and teachers.  The two panels will engage in a fast-paced conversation about memories of the buildings, teachers, school days, teaching materials, lessons, activities, games, programs, contests, social events, parental involvement, and other issues associated with these schools. 
2). N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher (  Santa fishes for wishes at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher and you’re invited to join him for fun and dinner. Santa’s SEAcret Supper features a magical holiday experience from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7. SEAcret Supper guests enjoy a SEAcret Scavenger hunt, holiday crafts, cookie-decorating, touch-tank fun, and, of course, dinner with Santa. The jolly ol’ elf will collect holiday wish lists from all the good girls and boys, too. Santa may even surprise everyone with a dive in the Cape Fear Shoals alongside sharks, rays and his other aquatic friends. Reservations are required and will be taken until Dec. 3. Tickets are $16 per person; children 2 and younger are free. Children must be accompanied by at least one paying adult.
3). Fort Fisher State Historic Site ( ) In a combined effort to honor veterans, the Friends of Fort Fisher, the New Hanover Veterans Council, and Fort Fisher State Historic Site are partnering to hold a Veterans Open House on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. at the historic site in Kure Beach, N.C. Highlighting the event are special guests Ret. Col. Joe Marm, Medal of Honor recipient for actions during the battle in the Ia Drang, Vietnam, and Joe Galloway, noted war correspondent on the ground during the battle. Galloway co-authored the book, “We Were Soldiers Once--and Young,” with Ret. Lt. General Hal Moore. Veterans and their families are invited to come meet these two outstanding Americans, have books signed, and have photographs made.
4). HandsOn! ( Hands On! – A Child’s Gallery, the children’s museum located in downtown Hendersonville, invites all mad scientists and crazy chemists to make test tube lava! The class, which is designed for children ages 3 years and up, will take place Wednesday, November 28th at 11am. Cost to participate is free with $5 admission fee and free for museum members. Space is limited.
5). Charlotte Nature Museum ( ) Gobble with Thanksgiving’s most notable guest just in time for the holidays as Charlotte Nature Museum celebrates fall, fowl and festivities during its November Creature Feature: Turkey Talk on Saturday, November 17, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Fine feathered friends will rule the roost for Turkey Talk including Mr. T., a domesticated turkey [Meleagris gallopavo] from Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, and the Museum’s resident common quail [Coturnix coturnix). Guests can forage for information about wattles, snoods and beards, plus special turkey talents including the ability to gobble with a distinctive sound that can be heard from a mile away. Birders also can listen to Museum volunteers doing turkey call demonstrations with various turkey callers.
6). Blowing Rock Art & History Museum ( Longtime play-by-play UNC sports radio announcer Woody Durham will visit the museum for a book signing of his latest autobiography, “Woody Durham: A Tar Heel Voice.” Open to the public. Tuesday, November 13 at 4 pm.
7). N.C. Maritime Museum at Beaufort (  Pack a lunch and join us on Wednesday, November 14th at noon for a free “Brown Bag” lecture presented in the Museum auditorium.  Associate Curator Benjamin Wunderly will talk about the history of whaling in North Carolina.  The lecture will highlight whaling activities that took place in North Carolina during the 18th and 19th century.  If you would rather wet a line and try to catch your own whale of a fish then sign up for a Kayak Fishing trip on November 17th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., pre-registration and a North Carolina Recreational fishing license is required.  

Monday, November 05, 2012

NCMC Events From Around the State… November 5, 2012

1). Hands On!  will be open Monday, November 12th, 10am-5pm. There will be two great events featured: Santa will visit from 1-3pm. Write a letter for Santa and personally deliver it to him. Plenty of time to get those requests in before Christmas! This event is free with $5 admission/free for members. Looking for a special gift?” U Touched My Heart” is a company that creates handmade decorative, pottery keepsakes embossed with your child’s finger, hand or footprint. “U Touched My Heart" is donating a portion of their proceeds to benefit Hands On! Fees vary according to keepsake type. $14 pendant/$25 ornament/ $35-45 plaques.

2). N.C. Maritime Museum at Beaufort On Wednesday, November 7th at noon there will be a free lecture presented in the museum auditorium. Curator of Education, Lee Anne Gordon, will speak about the role that women played in whaling practices of the 18th and 19th century along the coast of America. On Thursday, November 8th at noon join Associate Curator Benjamin Wunderly for a kayak adventure in the waters around historic Beaufort. Learn about the history of this unique coastal town and its surrounding area while exploring the nearby salt marshes, pre-registration and fee required.

3). Weatherspoon Art Museum  at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, “The Cone Sisters Collect” from November 3, 2012 through February 17, 2013. The Weatherspoon Art Museum first began collecting works of art in the 1940s, and received an astonishing bounty in 1949 when Etta Cone bequeathed part of her and her sister Claribel’s collection to the museum.

4). Mount Airy Museum of Regional History  presents the final History Talks of 2012: Fire Up the Stills – the Rise and fall of the Moonshiners in 19th Century Appalachian North Carolina on Saturday November 10 at 2pm. Author and Appalachian State University History Professor, Bruce Stewart, will talk about early Appalachian moonshining in the 1800s. History Talks programs are Free to the public.

5). Cameron Art Museum Actress Linda Lavin has chosen to give her art collection to Cameron Art Museum! Selections from Linda Lavin’s collection are now part of the current exhibition, The Transformative Power of Friendship, which tells an intertwined story of friendship and philanthropy. This public exhibition opening reception on Sunday, November 11, 2012 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, celebrates Lavin’s generosity and philanthropic leadership within our own community. Besides her thriving career as musician, actress and star of Broadway, film and television, her connoisseurship as an art collector focusses on leading Native American artists of the Southwest as well as Bay area and New York artists.

6). SECCA  presents “Event @ SECCA: Community Day” on Saturday, Nov. 10, noon - 4 pm. Come celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights in India, and the exhibition of works by the young Indian artist Vibha Galhotra, on this Community Day. Families can create lanterns to light up SECCA, learn traditional Indian dances, make art objects, play traditional games, and sample exotic food during an afternoon of new sights, sounds and smells. Art activities will also celebrate Frank Selby: Misunderstanding and Anne Kesler Shields: 50 Year Retrospective.

7). Museum of the Albemarle Museum of the Albemarle will hold “Pre-Schooler Time” on Thursday, November 8, 2012 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 discover why beans, corn and squash are known as the “Three Sisters,” read a book and participate in a hands-on activity.

8). Historic Edenton Please join us for Dr. Marty Matthews talk at the Courthouse Thursday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. His presentation is entitled, “Edenton 300: Maps, Memories and the Making of the Town on Queen Anne’s Creek.” Dr. Matthews did original research for this, and will have slides of many interesting items and will talk about some aspects of Edenton’s early history not generally seen or known. Dr. Matthews is Curator of Research for North Carolina State Historic Sites and Properties, and also Adjunct Professor of History and Public History at North Carolina State University.

9). CSS Neuse & Gov. Caswell Memorial presents “Navy and Marine Living History: The Blacksmith” on November 17 & 18. Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday Noon to 4 p.m. Special presentations will depict the blacksmith’s role during the Civil War. There will also be several reenactors demonstrating aspects of military and civilian life. Sutlers at the program will have items for sale. Artillery and infantry demos will be held both days.

10). N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher presents “Stars and Fishes Sleepover” on Friday, November 16, 2012 at 6 p.m.-9 a.m. What happens when the lights go off at the aquarium? The Stars and Fishes come out to play. Join us for this family sleepover where we learn about nocturnal animals and how to identify constellations. The program will include a night hike, star gazing, and animal encounters. Continue the fun as you prepare to sleep in front of our 235,000-gallon Cape Fear Shoals tank as sharks, eels, and other fishes swim close by. In the morning you will finish your adventure with a private, guided tour. Crafts, snacks, and breakfast are all included; dinner is not. For ages 5 and up. Children ages 5-17 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Fee: $45.00 per person. Preregistration required.

Friday, November 02, 2012

NCMC Events From Around the State… October 29, 2012

1). HandsOn!  the children’s museum in downtown Hendersonville, invites you to be part of “Healthy Kids Club-Superfood Heroes!” on Thursday, November 1st at 11am. This program will focus on 5 superfoods that are known to provide nutritional benefits for people of all ages. Kids will have an opportunity to touch, smell, and taste these foods and create a superfood hero mask to take home. Sponsored by the Henderson County Department of Public Health. Cost to attend is included in $5 admission and is free for museum members.There are limited spaces, so please call to sign-up.

2). Joel Lane Museum House Robin Simonton will give a talk on " Beyond the Gate: Stories of Historic Oakwood Cemetery” on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 2 pm at the Visitors Center at 160 South Saint Mary’s Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. Admission will be $15 for the general public and $10 for members of the Joel Lane Historical Society. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, and advanced payment is required. Please call 919-833-3431 with your MasterCard or Visa, or mail a check to P O Box 10884, Raleigh NC 27605. Be sure to include the names of all in your party; nametags will serve as tickets. Tickets are non-refundable unless we must cancel the event.

3). N.C. Maritime Museum at Beaufort will offer two exciting programs for Halloween, Wednesday, October 31st. At noon in the R.J. Reynolds auditorium there will be a free program titled "Ghost Ships: Facts and Fictions". Come learn about the myths and mysteries surrounding two North Carolina shipwrecks, the Carroll Deering and Sarah D.J. Rawson. Later that evening join a guided kayak adventure by the light of the moon from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. (pre-registration and fee is required, must be an experienced kayaker, navigation lights will be provided).

4). Cape Fear Museum presents “I Voted” Free Day on Tuesday, November 6 from 9 AM – 5 PM, free with your “I Voted” sticker. Wear your “I Voted” sticker to the Museum on Election Day and receive free adult admission. Get out and vote, then stop by Cape Fear Museum to see “Cape Fear Treasures: Campaigning”. View a selection of political artifacts, including photographs, badges, posters, postcards, buttons, matchbooks, bumper stickers, yard signs, and even a thimble that encouraged voters in 1964 to pick Dan Moore as North Carolina’s governor. See how political paraphernalia has changed over the years.

5). Weatherspoon Art Museum  presents Sustainability Film: "The Island President" on Thursday, Nov 1, 6:30pm. “The Island President” is the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting the literal survival of his country and its citizens. This film documents Nasheed’s first year of office, culminating in his trip to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009. The discussion leader for the film will be Tom Patterson. Patterson is a second year graduate student in the UNCG Geography department. Film begins at 6:30pm in the Weatherspoon auditorium and is free.

6). Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center  announces a hands-on workshop from 11:00 to 1:00 on Saturday, November 3 called “The Experiential, Hands-on Geometries of Buckminster Fuller” presented in conjunction with the exhibition Looking Forward at Buckminster Fuller's Legacy. Taught by Marnie Muller, one of our region's foremost authorities on the geometric work of architect, inventor and designer Buckminster Fuller, the two-hour workshop is open to all ages and promises to be both fun and interesting.

7). N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences What was the thing nature had spawned on the ocean floor? Find out when the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts “The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues” on First Friday, November 2 at 7pm. Free. When charred, radioactive fishermen begin to drift ashore, a government agent investigates the phenomenon, only to find a hideous atomic mutant lurking beneath the waves and a secret lurking in the heart of a local marine biology professor. “Phantom” (1955) stars Kent Taylor (investigator), Michael Whalen (scheming Dr. King) and Cathy Downs (Mrs. Schemer).

8). SECCA presents “Film @ SECCA: William Kentridge” on Thursday, November 1, 7 p.m. As a preview of SECCA’s upcoming “The Artists” Film Series (curated by Iana Dontcheva) and a lens to consider the work of Frank Selby and Vibha Galhotra, please join us for this award-winning documentary featuring exclusive interviews with Kentridge as he works in his studio and discusses his artistic philosophy and techniques. The film will be begin at 7 p.m., is free and open to the public.

9). Kings Mountain Historical Museum Join Susan Patterson of “Sunflowers by Susan” at the Kings Mountain Historical Museum on Nov. 15th to create a beautiful table floral arrangement for your holiday gathering. Ms. Patterson will teach children how to create a centerpiece for their family’s upcoming fall gathering with local and natural materials that would have been available to early settlers of the area. The program, which is geared towards children ages 9 – 12, will begin at 4pm and the cost is $5 per participant. Space is extremely limited, so please contact the Kings Mountain Historical Museum to reserve a space.

10). N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher  Ever wondered what happens when the sun goes down at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher? Bring the family and your pillows to see for yourself at “Stars and Fishes,” a new event, on November 16, 2012. “Stars and Fishes” sheds light on the wonders of the night inside and outside the Aquarium doors. Star-gaze, learn to identify constellations and discuss the nocturnal behavior of local animals on a guided, night hike. Educators bring the outside in with live-animal presentations, too.