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

Monday, January 04, 2016

NCMC Events from Around the State… January 4, 2016

1). The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum ( is kicking off a new film series called Movies at the Museum on Tuesday, January 5th at 6:00 p.m. The featured film is Sunny Side of Life (1985), directed by Scott Faulkner, Anthony Slone, and Jack Wright. The speaker for the evening is Dr. Gary Boye, a professor and music librarian at Appalachian State University. During the 1920s and ’30s, the records and radio shows of A.P. Carter, his wife Sara, and sister-in-law Maybelle, spread the music of the southern mountains around the world and earned the Carter family international fame. Sunny Side of Life celebrates the legacy of this country music dynasty by focusing on the Carter Family Fold in Maces Spring, Virginia. This film screening is funded by BRAHM’s Appalachian Culture and Heritage Education Fund. Admission is $7 for nonmembers, $5 for members and students. For more information, please call (828) 295-9099 or visit     

2). Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art ( invites you to Point & Counterpoint: An Event with Artist Jeana Eve Klein on Thursday, January 7th in the Main Gallery.  Participate in Jeana Eve Klein's artwork, Trading Time, by learning the craft of French Knot embroidery directly from the artist. The event is limited to three slots, first come first served. 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. slots are available. Please email Jeana Eve Klein to reserve a spot:

3). North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences ( invites you to learn how mammals survive extreme environmental change on Thursday, January 7th at 7:00 p.m.  From explorations in the remotest parts of New Guinea, the high forests of the Andes, and the plains of East Africa, find out how extreme mammals cope with extreme environmental threats on a rapidly changing planet when Smithsonian zoologist Kristofer Helgen presents “Mammals in an Age of Extreme Environmental Change,” at the Museum.  In this presentation, held in conjunction with the Museum’s current featured exhibition “Extreme Mammals,” Helgen will also explain how modern scientific expeditions and detective work in museum collections can lead to the discovery of new species of mammals, as well as a better understanding of the ways that mammal species are increasingly endangered in a human-dominated world. Tickets are $10. Add an exhibition ticket to your order and receive $5 off admission. Friends of the Museum members receive free admission to the exhibition. Tickets are available online ( or at the Museum Box Office (919-707-9950).

4). North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort ( invites you to Brown Bag Gam: United States Lifesaving Service in North Carolina on Thursday, January 7th from Noon – 1:00 p.m.  Pack a lunch for the Brown Bag Gam during your lunch hour and join Associate Curator Benjamin Wunderly to learn about the United States Lifesaving Service.  Listen to the story of the Lifesavers unfold over the history of their service to this country and the countless lives saved and the tragic loss of life suffered because of shipwrecks along the North Carolina coast.  Gam is defined as a friendly conversation between whalers or to visit with another ship while at sea.  Free Admission.  No advance registration.  Walk-ins welcome. 

5). Hands On! (, a Child's Gallery in Hendersonville, invites you to Curiosity Week at Hands On! Tuesday, January 12th – Friday, January 15th. Be as curious as a monkey all week! All ages can enjoy reading & writing about Curious George. This program is free with $5 admission/free for members and is sponsored by Etowah Valley Veterinary Hospital.

6). New Winston Museum ( is pleased to announce the upcoming program in concert with their latest exhibit, Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Winston-Salem’s Wheels of Change. Built for Speed: Motor Sports in the Triad will take place on Wednesday, January 13th, at 5:30 p.m. at the Museum. Event is free and open to the public.  In collaboration with Triad Stage and the Winston Cup Museum, NWM is hosting this panel discussion on the past, present, and future of regional motor sports. Panel will include Loren Pinilis of Bowman Gray Stadium, Will Spencer of the Winston Cup Museum and Janet Allared, author of Vrooommm! Come early or stay late to view the Winston Cup Museum race car. Vrooommm!, Triad Stage's latest production, is about the first female NASCAR driver and will run from January 27th – February 14th at Hanesbrands Theatre.

7). Museum of the Cape Fear ( will host Preschool Pals on Wednesday, January 13th at 10:00 a.m. The theme will be “1897 Winter Fun” and will revolve around the 1897 Poe House and will include making some old fashioned crafts, and an on-site field trip to children’s playhouse. The program lasts for 45 minutes and is free to parents and their preschoolers aged 3 to 5. So that museum staff can have enough supplies on hand for all participants, please call the museum at 910-486-1330 to register. For information about the Museum of the Cape Fear, visit or follow them on Facebook.

8). Spencer Doll & Toy Museum ( invites you to their Antiques Appraisal Fair (Roadshow Style) on January 22nd and 23rd from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Antiques dealer Michael Hansen will take a look at your items and will offer advice and information regarding a broad spectrum of general merchandise including toys. Bring in your family heirlooms and yard sale bargains to find out the fascinating truths about these finds!  Cost is $5.00 per item. Limit 2 items per person. 

9). Charlotte Museum of History ( invites you to a Robert Burns Supper on Monday, January 25th from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.  Born the son of a poverty stricken farmer in 1759, Robert Burns became one of the most famous Scottish poets. Every year on January 25th, people all over the world join together in honor and celebration of Burns and his talent for lyrics and poems. Join us in celebrating this outstanding poet for a traditional Burns Supper. Toast to the lassies while also enjoying a meal consisting of traditional Scottish food such as Cock - a - Leekie Soup, Chicken, Haggis, Neeps, Tatties and Cranachan for dessert. $30 for members; $35 for public. Please visit to register.

10). Joel Lane Museum House ( presents a lecture on “Gambrel Roof Houses of Northeastern North Carolina” by Reid Thomas on Thursday, January 28th at 7:00 p.m. at the Visitors Center of the Joel Lane Museum House.  Explore unique examples of gambrel roof houses in northeastern North Carolina and beyond.  This image-rich presentation looks at the origins of this style and raises the ultimate question, Why Gambrel? Admission is $16 for the general public and $11 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 or go to the Eventbrite web site to purchase tickets. Be sure to include the names of all in your party; nametags will serve as tickets. Tickets are non-refundable unless event is cancelled. For more information, call 919-833-3431, email, or visit


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