BEAUFORT – Since eating good food and visiting friends are two popular North Carolina pastimes, North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort suggests that families pack a picnic when they come to visit July 9, in the second installment of the popular three-part program “2nd Saturdays.”
The theme for July at the Museum is “Summer by the Sea.” The day kicks off at 9 a.m. with the 5th annual “Great 4th Race.” Cheer on traditionally rigged sailing craft as they rally to celebrate the historic voyages that carried the news of the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the Outer Banks.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. artists and activities include:
- crafts relating to our coastal environment
- crab-cake taste-testing
- make your own mini-sailboat
- Recycled birdhouses by Karen Dillard
- Sierra Club – wind power information
“2nd Saturdays helps families have some good, old-fashioned fun whether they are visiting a site close to home or across the state,” said N.C. Maritime Museums Director Joseph Schwarzer. “We hope that folks will pack a picnic and enjoy our beautiful grounds in between experiencing our authentic North Carolina culture and heritage.”
According to a new survey, North Carolina will be the fourth most popular tourist destination this summer. Only Florida, California and New York outpace North Carolina in the latest American Express Spending and Saving Tracker, which asked Americans about their summer travel plans.
Sponsored by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, 2nd Saturdays takes place at 37 State Historic Sites and museums on the second Saturday of the summer months. The more than 100 events across the state bring together history and authentic North Carolina culture. Each site will have its own stylized theme; and many sites will have artists and/or musicians. For a complete schedule of events, go to www.ncculture.com.
Partners in 2nd Saturdays include Our State magazine and ATT. Media sponsorship is provided by Public Radio East.
For information call (919) 807-7389. The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources is the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities, and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information is available at www.ncculture.com.
The Museum is open Mon. through Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (252) 728-7317 or www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.
The North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort is located at 315 Front Street. The three North Carolina Maritime Museums are the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum located in Hatteras, the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort and the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Southport. All three museums are part of the Division of State History Museums in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information on Cultural Resources is available at www.ncculture.com.