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By Admin on Friday, March 20, 2015 11:47 AM

Easter Bunny, local author to entertain children Saturday, April 4

NEW BERN -- Hundreds of eggs will be hidden at Tryon Palace during the historic site’s inaugural Easter Egg Hunt on the South Lawn, held 2 p.m., Saturday, April 4. 

Children ages 12 and younger will be admitted for free as they search for special eggs, meet the Easter Bunny, play games and win prizes. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times and each participant is required to bring their own Easter basket.

“We see this as a great opportunity to start a new Easter tradition in the state of North Carolina,” said Megan Griffin, Tryon Palace director of education. “Just like the White House has its Easter tradition on the South Lawn, we thought it was time for us to start a tradition of our own. It’s going to be a lot of fun for us and for the families.”

By Admin on Thursday, March 19, 2015 11:58 AM

MANTEO -- The Dare County High Schools Annual Art Show will open in the Art Gallery at Roanoke Island Festival Park on Sunday, March 29, with an opening reception from 2- 4 p.m. The exhibit will run March 30- April 30 – Monday- Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed April 3 for Good Friday). The exhibit will feature the works of Manteo, First Flight and Cape Hatteras High Schools. The reception and show are free and open to the public.

Come witness the creativity, originality and promise in these youthful artists. The exhibition features two and three dimensional handcrafted art including: ceramics, stained glass, wood and fiber art, mixed media, digital art, printmaking, sculpture, paintings, drawings, and photography.

The efforts of Dare County students will fill the Art Gallery from floor to ceiling for pure viewing delight. By provoking creativity and prompting students to explore this inherent quality, Dare County arts teachers are helping to raise well rounded adults ready to take up the torch for the next generation.        

By Admin on Thursday, March 19, 2015 11:42 AM

Colonial tradition returns in March; Shop open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays


NEW BERN -- One of Tryon Palace’s most popular attractions, the blacksmith shop, has reopened to the public after being closed for more than three years. Visitors can now hear and experience living history demonstrations in the shop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Located between the Kitchen Office and the Dixon House, the authentic 18th-century blacksmithing shop gives visitors a chance to learn about period blacksmith tools and techniques as historic interpreters craft various items using a hammer, anvil and furnace.

LeRae Umfleet, Tryon Palace Assistant Director, said the blacksmith shop is a key attraction for visitors to make a connection with their tours of the palace and grounds.

By Admin on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 3:48 PM

DURHAM -- Duke Homestead commemorates the end of the Civil War and the beginning of reconstruction with "A Soldier's Walk Home." Historian and reenactor Philip Brown will walk the 166 miles from New Bern to Durham, May 11- 23. The journey commemorates not only the walk Washington Duke made home from New Bern, but represents all North Carolina soldiers who made a journey home after war.

Brown will travel in period clothing and be accompanied by fellow reenactors, veterans, a support team, and any others who wish to join him for this symbolic walk.

The walk will begin at Union Point Park in New Bern, May 11. Brown will travel along a route similar to that which Washington Duke himself would have taken 150 years before and will make 11 distinct stops along the way. In each city or town where he stops there will be events which shine the light on local history. He is scheduled to arrive in Durham on May 23 at Duke Homestead State Historic Site, as a part of the site's annual Bull Fest Celebration.

By Admin on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 12:29 PM

HATTERAS -- The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum will be hosting the 2015 Underwater Heritage Symposium that will showcase significant members of the diving community. The symposium will take place on April 10 & 11, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

During the two-day symposium, The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum will formally honor several divers who have impacted their profession through their passion for diving, documenting shipwrecks, lecturing and authoring books on their experiences, and mentoring new divers in the field.

Join The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum as they explore our underwater heritage through presentations by twelve dive professionals, view artifacts from a private collection, meet the experts, hear about their amazing adventures, and have books signed at this exciting event.  

By Admin on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 12:11 PM

SOUTHPORT -- There’s no question that Cape Fear is home to some of the most interesting wrecks in North Carolina history and this symposium promises to be engaging and exciting. Wouldn’t it be nice to learn about some of those underwater experiences from the divers themselves?

The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport is offering an opportunity for people to hear the fascinating moments in diving history as described by professional divers. The symposium takes place on April 11, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Listen to Salvager Denny Breese as he discusses his 1987 recovery of a rudder and cannon from the La Rosa de Bilbao, a late 1700s Spanish Vessel located off Southport’s shores. 

By Admin on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 9:02 AM

PINNACLE -- In the early 1900s, cousins Edwin Binney and Harold Smith developed a nontoxic wax crayon. Binney's wife, Alice, attached the French word for chalk, "craie", with "ola," from oily, to form the Crayola® brand name. Their first box of crayons was sold for a nickel in 1903.  

By Admin on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 12:59 PM

RALEIGH -- Governor Pat McCrory and Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz recently continued their tour throughout North Carolina to highlight the successful efforts to revitalize urban downtowns, main streets and rural communities through the historic tax credit program. As the tour continues across the state, support for restoring this  important preservation initiative is gaining momentum.

The governor and Secretary Kluttz have visited a combined total of nearly 30 communities across North Carolina, including Edenton, Rocky Mount, Wilmington, Mebane, Mount Airy, Salisbury and Concord. Secretary Kluttz will continue this tour in the coming weeks.

By Admin on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 12:04 PM

BEAUFORT -- The 41st annual Wooden Boat Show and the 8th annual National Beaufort Boatbuilding Challenge have received top honors by the Southeast Tourism Society.  The non-profit organization recently announced their top events for May 2015 and both events were selected as a “Top 20 Event for the Southeast.”

The best events across the Southeast compete to receive the prestigious Top 20 Events designation from the Southeast Tourism Society.  Through a nomination process, the organization chooses the Top 20 events in the Southeast for each month of the year and publishes this list of winners quarterly.

This is the first time the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort as received the prestigious honor for the annual Wooden Boat Show.  It is the longest ongoing wooden boat show in the Southeast.   It is the first time for the National Beaufort Boatbuilding Challenge as well.

By Admin on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 10:44 AM

MIDLAND -- Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site, located in Georgeville, N.C., will open the 2015 panning season with the Panning Palooza event Saturday, March 28. Visitors can try their luck "striking it rich" in the panning area, tour the underground mine and see a restored stamp mill in operation.

Panning tickets are available for at special rate of $2 plus tax, which includes one pan of ore. Museum staff assists visitors in the panning area search for gold. Parents of children eight and younger will need to help the children pan due to the height of the troughs.

Throughout the day special gold nuggets will be given away in the panning area, ranging in value from $10 to $50.

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