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By Admin on Monday, September 15, 2014 9:11 AM

‘Epic Memories of An American Family: the Luke Martin Story’ set for Sept. 18

NEW BERN -- “Epic Memories of An American Family: the Luke Martin Story” will bring one of New Bern’s most historic family stories to life on Thursday, Sept. 18. Held as a presentation of the Tryon Palace African American Lecture Series and the New Bern Historical Society, this inspirational night will honor 97-year-old Luke P. Martin, Jr.

This free event will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. in the North Carolina History Center, and include a brief reception.

Born the son of Pvt. Luke Martin, Sr., who served in the North Carolina Colored Infantry during the Civil War, Martin, Jr. grew up to become one of the lead brick masons of Tryon Palace’s  reconstruction in the 1950s. Martin, Jr. went on to teach vocational classes for 20 years at Pamlico County High and is the oldest living member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church, where his father served as the church’s third pastor.

By Admin on Friday, September 12, 2014 5:23 PM

RALEIGH -- Ricky Bobby’s No. 26 Wonder Bread race car from the 2006 movie “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” has arrived at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. The 2006 Chevrolet will be among many exciting things to see in the exhibit Starring North Carolina!, opening Saturday, Nov. 15. This will be the first major exhibit about North Carolina’s movies, television shows, cast members and crews. It will highlight the state’s role in the film industry for more than 100 years. Starring North Carolina! will run through Sept. 6, 2015. 

“Talledega Nights” is among some 3,000 films and television programs that have been made in the Tar Heel State. Ricky Bobby, played by Will Ferrell, led the fictional NASCAR circuit in “Talladega Nights” while driving the No. 26 Wonder Bread car in scenes shot at Alabama’s Talladega Superspeedway and North Carolina’s Charlotte Motor Speedway and Rockingham Speedway. The car, currently on view in the museum lobby, is on loan from International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega, Ala., and from Shell Oil.  

Starring North Carolina! will showcase costumes and props from other movies and television shows: “Bull Durham,” “Iron Man 3,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Blue Velvet,” “Sleepy Hollow,” and dozens more! The approximately 8,000-square-foot exhibit will include interactive components, movie clips and images.  Major sponsors of the exhibit are the News & Observer, North Carolina Museum of History Associates, and North Carolina News Network.  

By Admin on Friday, September 12, 2014 12:19 PM

PINNACLE, N.C. -- Fine doilies and intricate collars capture an elegance that may be lost today, but the beauty of the elaborate braided lace is unmatched. Horne Creek State Historic Site will offer bobbin lace classes with master artisan Dianna Watson Saturdays in November. The limited availability classes require preregistration and a $100 fee that includes materials.

Bobbin lace making originated in Italy in the 1500s and spread throughout Europe. Girls as young as 5-years-old started classes and studied bobbin lace making exclusively for 10 years. Chantilly and Mechlin lace are the most well-known varieties.

Watson has studied at the Lace Center in Bruges, Belgium, and with highly respected masters in Denmark and England. Additional study at the Idrija Lace School in Slovenia and with prominent teachers in the U.S. has heightened her skills. She is an active member of the International Organization of Lace, Inc. and the North Carolina Regional Lacers.

By Admin on Thursday, September 11, 2014 2:27 PM

HALIFAX -- Walking the plank and shiver me timbers will abound when treasures last touched by pirates sail into Historic Halifax from Sept. 23 to Nov. 1. Artifacts representing weaponry, nautical tools and personal items will be shown during the free Queen Anne's Revenge 1718 exhibition at the historic site.

Visit Historic Halifax to see cannonballs, platters and gold dust recovered from the shipwreck of Blackbeard's flagship, Queen Anne's Revenge, near Beaufort. View artifacts that rested on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean for nearly 300 years and learn about maritime practices in the pre-colonial period.

Special pirate-themed activities are planned during the exhibit, including a "Pirate Movie Day" which will include a tour of the exhibit followed by a trip to the Halifax County Library to see a free pirate movie! Saturdays will be special fun as children of all ages are invited to join in a "Dress Like a Pirate" activity, starting Sept. 27. Other programs for the exhibit are being planned along with pirate-y gifts for sale in the shop.

By Admin on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 3:27 PM

Fall film series features film noir classics in the only all–35 mm venue in the Triangle

RALEIGH -- The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) announces the 2014 fall schedule of Friday night films. With the theme “Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know,” the series focuses on unreliable men: suave murderers, untrustworthy policemen, unscrupulous reporters, principled weaklings, and deceptive males of all stripes. Movies are introduced by NCMA film curator Laura Boyes and shown in the Museum Auditorium—the only all–35 mm venue in the Triangle. These films are unrated, but older children and teens are welcome.

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