RALEIGH, NC June 12, 2014 – Families are sure to find lots of activities and fun at 2nd Saturdays programs at state historic sites and museums June 14. Many free and budget-friendly activities will be available on 2nd Saturdays in this summer and throughout the year at destinations within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. Enjoy your staycation with local arts, culture and genuine North Carolina experiences. Amazing music, dramatic performances and artful experiences are among the wonderful possibilities.
Somerset Place, Creswell. Days Gone By. A hands-on, fun filled day of historic games and activities, tours of the newly restored Collins house and other buildings, costumed interpreter demonstrations and samples of hearth-cooked food. Afternoon performances of slave narratives by the acclaimed Barefoot Theatre at 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. Performances are $10, other activities are free.
Historic Edenton, Edenton. Historically Fit. Yoga in the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse will improve your strength and flexibility in a beautiful and special setting. Extra mats will be available. After the refreshing class, tour the historic building. Free.
Battleship North Carolina, Wilmington. Armored Cruiser North Carolina and the Great War. Part of the Legacy Series that displays WWI arms, clothing and equipment, based on WWI service as the Armored Cruiser North Carolina from enthusiastic collectors. Regular admission.
N.C. Maritime Museum, Southport. WWII: Loose Lips Sink Ships. This popular program focuses on the maritime history of WWII with living historians, displays and hands-on activities for all ages. Local artisans on the grounds will sell items including pottery, soaps and jams. Free program.
CSS Neuse, Kinston. The Homefront During the Civil War. Learn about shortages and substitutes, homeguards, soldier relief societies and manufacture of clothing and goods during the Civil War. Demonstrations will include spinning, weaving and sewing. There will be displays of care packages, impressment records and artifacts. Free.
Aycock Birthplace, Fremont. Saturday on the Farm. Examine vintage farm equipment displayed by the Eastern Carolina Vintage Farm Equipment Club and the Beekeepers of the Neuse who will share information about beekeeping, display a beehive and sell honey and other products. Free program.
Bentonville Battlefield, Four Oaks. A Day in the Life of a Civil War Soldier. The sounds of artillery and musket fire will once again ring out during the Summer Seasonal Living History Event. Re-enactors from the 18th NC/9th NJ and 1st NC/11th NC will discuss the typical soldier’s life, uniform and equipment. Artillery and musket demonstrations will be held throughout the day. Free.
N.C. Museum of Art, Raleigh. Family Fun Saturday – Royalty. Explore the regal headgear and sculptural portraits from the African and classical collections and create miniature royal portraits of your family from clay and mixed media. Selected works will be displayed in an upcoming exhibition. Fee $5.
N.C. Museum of History, Raleigh. Make It, Take It: Mix That Media! Watch internationally known artist Alyssa Hinton in her Artist at Work program. She is often inspired by her North Carolina Indian heritage. Create a mixed media picture to take home. Free.
N.C. Symphony, Raleigh. Summerfest: Cirque de la Symphony. Enjoy high flying aerialists, daredevil cyclists and magnificent music at Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary. Classical and contemporary favorites under the stars will make for a magical evening. Bring your lawn chair and picnic basket. Children can enjoy an instrument zoo. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., concert at 7:30 p.m. $33/$35.
Duke Homestead, Durham. Bullfest. Celebrate Durham’s historic roots and experience the modern art, music and food of the Bull City. Observe the lifestyle of the Duke family in the 1870s and their early tobacco business on the homestead. The North Carolina Songwriters Co-Op will provide live local musicians all daylong. All vendors and arts and crafts persons are Durham-based. Free program.
Historic Stagville, Durham. Juneteenth Festival. View North Carolina’s rarely seen copy of the 13th Amendment, which ended legal slavery in America and changed history. The document is on a limited tour of select state historic sites. Also opening is the Freedom for All Tour of informational panels that describes the evolution from the Emancipation Proclamation to the 13th Amendment. Genealogist Michael Williams will share research that led from New York to his Stagville roots and singer Yolanda Hall will perform spirituals in front of slave cabins. Free.
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), Winston-Salem. Cartoons and Art Making. Enjoy a classic cartoon and make an original artwork afterward. Free.
Fort Dobbs, Statesville. Living History Weekend. Historic interpreters will present musket and cannon firing demonstrations as well as on-going demonstrations of 18th century camp life on the state’s western frontier. Saturday and Sunday. Free.
For more information, please visit www.ncculture.com.