KINSTON -- A battlefield tour, music, lectures and artifacts, rarely if ever seen, will be part of the Grand Opening Ceremony and ribbon cutting for the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center March 7 at 10 a.m. The free public opening will be a feast of entertainment and information.
The festivities are part of the 150th anniversary commemoration of the end of the Civil War. Dr. Jeffrey Crow, former director of the N.C. Office of Archives and History, is keynote speaker. The commemorative program, "We are Prepared to Blow Our Gallant Little Boat to Pieces" will focus on the Battle of Wyse Fork and also final days of the CSS Neuse. Rather than allow Union forces to capture the vessel, in March 1865 the Confederates torched their own ship.
Many artifacts stored away since Hurricane Floyd in 1999, and some never seen before, will highlight the opening of permanent exhibits. A wood stove for cooking and a stool for sitting around the campfire will return to exhibit at the free opening ceremony and ribbon cutting.
Lunch series kicks off in March at North Carolina History Center
NEW BERN -- Tryon Palace invites visitors to learn about the characters and cultures that populated Tryon Palace and the surrounding areas of New Bern during a month-long “Lunch and Learn” series that begins Friday, March 6. This brownbag lunch series will be held from noon to 1 p.m. every Friday in March at the North Carolina History Center.
Visitors who have toured Tryon Palace may be familiar with topics like the Stanly family and 18th-century dining culture, but these lunches delve into a deeper history of the palace and the people of historic New Bern.
RALEIGH -- Twenty-seven high school students from across the state will take center stage Saturday, March 7, in Greensboro, to compete in the annual statewide Poetry Out Loud competition. The winner will advance to the Poetry Out Loud finals in Washington, D.C., in April.
Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Poetry Foundation, and coordinated by the North Carolina Arts Council, the poetry recitation program will be held at locations around downtown Greensboro, is free and open to the public. It all kicks off at 10 a.m. at the Greensboro Public Library.
"Poetry Out Loud utilizes the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word and theater in high school classrooms," said Sharon Hill, Arts in Education director for the North Carolina Arts Council. "Through the program, students can master public speaking skills, increase reading comprehension scores, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage."
March 7 Young People’s Concert Matinees Mix Great Music, Lively Theater
RALEIGH, NC – The North Carolina Symphony will bring to life “Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage,” on Saturday, March 7 at 1 p.m. and again at 4 p.m. at Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh. The concert, which will be led by Associate Conductor David Glover and features Classical Kids Live!, is a wonderful way to introduce youngsters to classical music and makes for a great family outing.
The concert will tell the story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's young son Karl, who longs to spend more time with his famous father. The boy receives that opportunity when they attend a performance of The Magic Flute. The audience can follow Karl's journey as he (and they) learn more about his father’s life and music.
Free pre-concert activities, which begin one hour before the concert, include the MetLife Instrument Zoo, face painting with Paint Savvy, a coloring contest sponsored by Coastal Federal, and Music Makers with Marbles Kids Museum.
RALEIGH -- Due to the winter storm, the program American POWs and Vietnamese Re-Education Camps on Friday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. will be rescheduled for another date at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. We will let you know when a new date is available.
Admission is free. Seating is limited, so plan to arrive early. Come hear Cmdr. William Tschudy, Brig. Gen. Norman Gaddis and Col. Hien Vo, three men who survived years of terror as prisoners of the North Vietnamese Communist government. They will share their stories during this symposium presented by N.C. Vietnam Veterans Inc. The event is sponsored in part by the N.C. Museum of History, N.C. Vietnam Veterans Inc. and the 50th Anniversary Commemoration Program.
- Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22 -
FOUR OAKS -- Beat the price increase! Advance tickets for the state's largest Civil War re-enactment, the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Bentonville slated for March 21-22, are selling quickly, but are still available. Tickets purchased before March 15 are $12 for adults and $6 for children aged nine-12. Purchasing in advance also allows purchase of a combination ticket for both days at $20 for adults and $10 for children.
After March 15, remaining tickets will be sold at the gate for $15 for adults and $10 for children. Combination tickets will not be available. Children aged eight and under attend free. The battle scenarios Saturday and Sunday are the only events that require tickets. All other anniversary events-lectures, house tours, demonstrations and more-are free to the public.
"Tickets are going fast," said Bentonville Battlefield Assistant Site Manager Derrick Brown. "This is the first time a combination ticket has been offered and it has been very popular."
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