Hours: Saturday 9am -5pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm. Admission: $8.00 daily, children under 12 free. Sunday is Youth Day, and all children under 18 will receive free admission and door prizes! HARKERS ISLAND, NC July 26, 2014 - The Core Sound Decoy Festival has been a coastal tradition since 1988. Festival events include antique decoy exhibits, retriever demonstrations, children’s decoy painting, educational exhibits, duck calling competitions, head whittling contest, and a live decoy auction. The decoy competition has many categories to suit nearly every carver, including IWCA Working Decoy, IWCA Gunning Shorebird, Canvas Decoy, Root Head, and the Duplin County Ducks Unlimited Competition (with a sizeable purchase award). There are also several youth divisions in the carving competition, and this year the Guild will be hosting the 2014 Young Guns Championship. Harkers Island Elementary School staff and volunteers dish out scrumptious food, and over 90 vendors spread their wares for shoppers who flock to the Festival. This event benefits the Core Sound Decoy Carver's Guild and Harkers Island Elementary School and is the area's largest off-season event. Visit decoyguild.com for more information or join the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild on Facebook!
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Project REALGREENVILLE, SC July 25, 2014 - The Greenville Little Theatre (GLT) will host a Professional Development Workshop for area teachers on Wednesday, July 30 from 9 am to noon. GLT is thrilled to bring Project REAL (Reinforcing Education through Artistic Learning) to the upstate. Project REAL instructors use theatre techniques and integrate real-life experiences to enhance the curriculum and provide lasting knowledge to students of all ages. Project REAL is the educational outreach branch of the Barter Theatre located in Abingdon, VA. To enroll or for more information, please call GLT's Box Office at 864-233-6238 or email email@example.com. The cost is $50. Greenville Little Theatre, founded in 1926, is the Upstate’s oldest and largest locally-producing arts organization. A tradition of excellence in community theatre. ### WHO: Greenville Little Theatre WHAT: "Project REAL" WHERE: Greenville Little Theatre 444 College Street Greenville, SC 29601 WHEN: July 30 , 9am - noon HOW: Call the GLT Box Office (864) 233-6238 or on-line at www.greenvillelittletheatre.org For more information, visit www.greenvillelittletheatre.org or call GLT at (864) 233-6238, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
RALEIGH, NC July 25, 2014 - This weekend (Friday, July 25−Sunday, July 27) is the closing weekend of Estampas de la raza/Prints for the People: The Romo Collection and Tall Tales and Huge Hearts: Raúl Colónat the North Carolina Museum of Art. To celebrate, the Museum presents Gravity with Spanish subtitles on July 25. This screening salutes Mexican film director Alfonso Cuarón, who won the Academy Award for Best Director for Gravity. Additionally, entrance to Estampas de la raza will be free all day on July 25. Friday, July 25: Screening of Gravity with Spanish subtitles, free admission to Estampas de la raza
- Screening of Gravity presented with Spanish subtitles in partnership with the Consulate General of Mexico in Raleigh
- The screening salutes Mexican film director Alfonso Cuarón, who won the Academy Award for Best Director for Gravity, and celebrates the closing weekend of the NCMA exhibition Estampas de la raza.
- Admission to Estampas de la raza will be free on the day of the screening (10 am−9 pm).
- Hours are 10 am−5 pm
RALEIGH, NC July 24, 2014 - From the massive amphibious attack on Fort Fisher, the largest by American forces until World War II, to the 6,000 acre battlefield at Bentonville to the site of the largest surrender of the Civil War at Bennett Place, participants in an exclusive, behind-the-scenes Civil War Sesquicentennial Bus Tour will learn details about key North Carolina Civil War sites Oct. 24-26. Pre-eminent Civil War historian Mark Bradley will be the on-bus guide. Spaces are expected to go quickly. The reservation deadline is Sept. 29 and can be made at www.ncdcr.gov/CivilWarTour.
The special tour is the ideal precursor to the concluding programs in the 150th anniversary of the Civil War during the grand finale events of North Carolina's 2015 Civil War Sesquicentennial observance. Intimate conversations and information from historians and staff of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources' Division of State Historic Sites will offer unique insights into the waning days of the Civil War, and North Carolina's role in it.
Pivotal events in North Carolina hastened the fall of the Confederacy and the end of the war in1865. The movie Lincoln illustrated the urgent need President Abraham Lincoln felt to capture Fort Fisher and disrupt supply lines to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. Fort Fisher fell Jan. 15, 1865.
At the Battle of Bentonville in March, the Confederates launched their last major offensive. On April 26, with the surrender of the armies of the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida; the Civil War effectively ended at Bennett Place near Durham station.
The weekend begins Friday evening in Raleigh with a tour of the antebellum N.C. State Capitol. The history of this landmark structure, from the May 20, 1861, vote for secession to the occupation by Union troops in the closing days of the war, will be reviewed by staff members during a seated dinner in the Rotunda.
Saturday starts at Fort Fisher, near Wilmington, where site historian Ray Flowers' "Fort Fisher above the Scenes" tour will provide a bird-eye view of the massive fortification and the battles fought there. Participants also will be treated to the firing of Shepherd's Battery's massive 32-pounder seacoast gun, which had a range of several miles.
After a barbecue lunch in Kinston, participants will learn about the strategic importance of ironclads at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center. Costumed interpreters will lead a tour of the Confederate ironclad that was moved to the center in July 2013. The tour will also make a brief stop at the Wyse Fork, the 1865 battle that ensured the fall of the town and the destruction of the ironclad.
Saturday concludes at Bentonville Battlefield with a circa 1865 period meal on the grounds and a trip back in time to see the Harper family home turned into an Army field hospital. Interpreters will demonstrate the harshness of a Civil War hospital and the chaos witnessed by the Harper family.
The tour ends Sunday at Bennett Place, where the Civil War effectively ended nearly 150 years ago. Participants will learn about the negotiations between Confederate Gen. Joseph S. Johnston and Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, and how the assassination of President Lincoln impacted the negotiations and the tenuous peace. The Unity Monument at Bennett Place stands as a testament to the reconciliation of North and South at the end of the Civil War.
Reservations for the tour can be at www.ncdcr.gov/CivilWarTour. The cost by Sept. 15 is $375 per person based on double occupancy and $455 per person for single occupancy. The cost after Sept. 15 is $395 per person double occupancy and $475 per person single occupancy. Friday night will be spent in the Holiday Inn Express & Suites University Center in Wilmington. Saturday night will be spent at the Holiday Inn Express in Smithfield. The tour includes Friday and Saturday dinner. Continental breakfast is available at each hotel. Lunch will be on your own. Please note any special dietary needs with your reservation.
The N.C. Office of Archives and History administers the state's four year Civil War Sesquicentennial observance, which concludes in 2015.
For additional information, please call (919) 807-7389. The Office of Archives and History is within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
ALOHA!MYRTLE BEACH, SC July 24, 2014 - Join your friends on Sat. July 26th as House of Blues Myrtle Beach transforms into a tropical Hawaiian paradise! Escape with us to a world where the beat of the music pulsates in the air, tropical drinks and food tantalize the senses, and PARTY is the only thing on the mind! Welcome to our Ninjapalooza LuWOW at House of Blues. Starting at 5pm on The Deck at House of Blues there will be great Bacardi and Sailor Jerry Rum Specials as well as a LuWOW buffet featuring Jamaican Jerk Wings, Pulled Pork Sliders and Hawaiian Flatbreads. You will get leid at the door and are welcome to enjoy our hula performers and enter our Hula Hoop or Limbo contests! The band Gas Station Disco performs live on The Deck starting at 7pm. The party moves over to the music hall for a costume contest and a rocking live performance by the Graceland Ninjaz! Tickets for the show are available now and you can add on our LuWOW buffet with the Crash the Barricade option. This is a Summer Bash not to be missed!
FARM AID MUSIC AND FOOD FESTIVAL HEADS TO NORTH CAROLINA ON SAT. SEPT. 13Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews and Jack White to headline Farm Aid 2014 at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre RALEIGH, NC July 24, 2014 — Farm Aid announced today that its annual benefit festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, N.C., with tickets on sale to the public on Friday, Aug. 1. “In North Carolina and across the Southeast, family farmers have struggled to stay on the land, but they have also pioneered new roads to economic sustainability. This region knows the value of its farmers and offers increasing opportunities for new farmers to build a strong regional food system,” said Farm Aid President Willie Nelson. “On the Farm Aid stage Saturday, September 13, we’ll celebrate family farmers and the healthy communities they’re growing for all of us.” Farm Aid 2014 will feature Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews — with Tim Reynolds — as well as Jack White, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jamey Johnson, North Carolina’s own Delta Rae, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Carlene Carter, Pegi Young & The Survivors, and Insects vs Robots. Farm Aid 2014, an all-day music and food festival, will feature a unique lineup of artists and genres and will offer concert-goers family farm-identified, local and organic foods with its own HOMEGROWN Concessions®. In Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village, attendees will have the chance to meet farmers, engage in hands-on food and farm activities, and learn about the ways family farmers are enriching our soil, protecting our water and growing our economy, in addition to bringing us good food for good health. “There is a fair-like feeling when you go to Farm Aid. All day long, people are performing onstage and food from family farmers is being served,” said Farm Aid board member John Mellencamp. “It’s a great occasion for families to come listen to great music and teach their children about where their food comes from. We’re proud to bring Farm Aid 2014 to North Carolina for the first time to feature the family farmers whose hard work and innovations are essential for all of us.” Farm Aid has long collaborated with and supported organizations and organizers in the Southeast who are keeping family farmers on the land and growing the Good Food Movement. Many of the region’s farmers have been served by Farm Aid’s Resource Network and hotline. Over the past 29 years, Farm Aid has made grants of more than $3.6 million in the Southeast region — more than half a million in North Carolina alone — supporting programs that help farmers thrive, grow new markets for farmers and create much-needed change in the food system so that everyone benefits. Tickets for Farm Aid 2014 will go on sale Friday, Aug. 1, at 10 a.m. EDT. Tickets will be available at www.livenation.com, the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre box office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000. A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be sold beginning at 12 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 25, at www.farmaid.org. Farm Aid is teaming up with IfOnly to offer special VIP packages with premium center stage tickets with exclusive backstage access, in addition to signed Gibson guitars. Proceeds from auction items benefit Farm Aid and bidding opens Friday, July 25 at www.ifonly.com. Farm Aid is partnering with eBay and Auction Cause to offer concertgoers a chance to bid on premier concert experiences and autographed memorabilia beginning Thursday, Aug. 14. For more information, go to http://is.gd/farmaid. Farm Aid welcomes the participation of the local business community and offers corporate sponsorship opportunities. For more information, contact Glenda Yoder at email@example.com. Sponsors include Amy’s Kitchen, Rudi’s Bakery, Horizon Organic, Greener Fields Together, Organic Valley, Chipotle Mexican Grill, PLOTSAVER and EcoScraps. Concertgoers can enhance their Farm Aid experience with the official Farm Aid 2014 mobile app, which will be available in mid-August for iPhone and Android. For concert updates, follow Farm Aid on Twitter (@farmaid) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/farmaid), and visit www.farmaid.org/concert. Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. Since 1985, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $45 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.
COLUMBIA, SC July 22, 2014 - The South Carolina men's basketball team concluded the first day of the "8K In 8 Days" campaign by hosting Special Olympics of South Carolina in a community outreach event Tuesday night at Colonial Life Arena."This meant a lot to us to give back to the community because [head coach] Frank [Martin] always teaches us that you never know when your day might be over, to make every day your best and be the best man you can possibly be every day," senior guard Tyrone Johnson said. "I'm not just speaking for myself, but also my teammates and coaches and everyone else here when I say that there's no better feeling than working with these kids." The team opened up the evening by introducing themselves to the crowd before splitting everyone into smaller groups. Within their groups, participants competed in shooting contests, worked on dribbling technique and received a tour of the Gamecocks' locker room and weight room facilities. Special Olympics South Carolina has achieved a great deal this year on the basketball court, sending two of its teams to the national tournament where they won a gold and silver medal. "This means a great deal to our athletes," Leigh Cheatham, Director of Communication for Special Olympics South Carolina said of the event. "They may not always have this type of one-on-one with a Division I sports team. They train and compete just like these guys do and they take their game very seriously so to come hang out with them and learn from them is really a big deal. I don't think anyone gets this kind of one-on-one treatment. It shows that they respect what Special Olympics does and stands for." Before the conclusion of the event, which included members of the team signing autographs and taking pictures with the group, the Gamecocks made a presentation to the organization. Part of the mission statement of Special Olympics is as follows: "... experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community." With that in mind, the Gamecock men's basketball team presented Special Olympics South Carolina with six season tickets for the upcoming 2014-15 season. This will provide for Special Olympics athletes and their families the opportunity to experience a game at Colonial Life Arena. Season ticket prices for the upcoming season remain unchanged from the 2013-14 campaign, with full season packages starting at $90. Like last season, fans can purchase lower level season tickets for $260 (Gamecock Club membership required for sections 104-106, 113-115) and University faculty and staff can buy tickets for $210. The Coke Family Section is available for $600 (four tickets). Upper level tickets are available for $200 (no Gamecock Club membership required) and faculty and staff can purchase tickets in the upper bowl for $160. End zone seating in the upper level is priced at four seats for $360. Gamecock fans who have already renewed their season tickets for the 2014-15 campaign and those fans who purchase new or renew their season tickets during the "8K In 8 Days" campaign, are eligible to win a prize each day of the initiative. Prizes include a game-worn jersey, an autographed basketball, a $100 gift card to Garnet and Black Traditions, and the grand prize, a VIP trip with the team for an away game to an exciting destination. To place a deposit for season tickets, fans are encouraged to visit GamecocksOnline.com/Tickets, or all 1-800-4SC-FANS. Fans should stay tuned to GamecocksOnline.com for updates on the "8K In 8 Days" campaign.
Saturday, August 9, 2014 10 a.m.–2 p.m. ELIZABETH CITY, NC July 22, 2014 - Wear your sunglasses and welcome summer with your beach blanket and a picnic on the Green. Join The Junior Docents at the Museum of the Albemarle beginning at 10 a.m. for a beach party where amateur DJs will play beach music while you try your steps on the dance floor. The limbo stick will test your flexibility! You might also make a toy sailboat and take part in other beach crafts.For more information concerning the event call 252-335-1453. The Museum of the Albemarle is located at 501 S. Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC. (252)335-1453. www.museumofthealbemarle.com. Find us on Facebook! Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed Sundays, Mondays and State Holidays. Serving Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties, the Museum is the northeast regional history museum of the North Carolina Division of State History Museums within 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 is available 24/7 at www.ncculture.com. About The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan W. Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission to enrich lives and communities creates opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella. Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art; NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and economic stimulus engines for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of State Archives, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state; developing and supporting access to traditional and online collections such as genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped. NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.