LAURINBURG, N.C. -- For 27 years Edwin Gill was North Carolina's state treasurer. During his tenure from 1954 to 1977, state spending increased from $132 million to 3 billion dollars. He took pride in maintaining the state's highest credit rating and was nicknamed "Mr. Integrity." A N.C. Highway Historical Marker honoring Gill will be dedicated Sept. 4 at 5 p.m. in Laurinburg.
Before becoming state treasurer, Gill had served as commissioner of revenue. He was elected to the legislature where he drafted the Local Government Act and also a bill to transfer responsibility for roads from counties to the state. In addition, Gill served as private secretary for Gov. O. Max Gardner for two years.
Although a man of numbers, Gill was devoted to the arts. He was a Renaissance man who had studied at the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts and remained a painter all his life. He was an early and ardent supporter of the North Carolina Museum of Art and an officer in the State Art Society. He was well read and played the piano. Wachovia Bank President Archie K. Davis referred to Gill as "...complex yet ingenious, powerful yet humble, pragmatic, yet innately cultured."
MOUNT GILEAD -- There's turkey for Thanksgiving, candy for Valentine's Day and fireworks for the Fourth of July. But for Grandparent's Day, the best gift is your time. This Grandparent's Day Sunday, Sept. 7, a trip to a historic site, musical production, craft shop or museum would be a great way to connect and show you care. Town Creek Indian Mound State Historic Site has a plan for a great-to-be-with-you day.
Join the Town Creek celebration from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and view and discuss artifacts from the ancient past, explore the reconstructed Native American village or take a leisurely stroll on the quarter-mile trail. Make a keepsake bracelet or clay creation as a gift to grandma or grandpa to commemorate the day. Bring a picnic of favorite foods if you like, and spread it to enjoy. Site staff will be available to take family portraits at the village.
"This is an opportunity to share quality family time with grandparents in a fun and educational environment," says Site Manager Rich Thompson. "We're happy to provide a setting for the creation of fond family memories."
RALEIGH -- See Doc Watson’s guitar and Earl Scruggs’ banjo in the lobby exhibit Carolina Bluegrass: Breakdowns and Revivals, opening Friday, Aug. 29, at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. The instruments will be on view through Wednesday, Oct. 8. However, the exhibit will run through May 17, 2015, and a different instrument will be showcased every five weeks. Each one was owned and played by a well-known bluegrass musician with ties to North Carolina. Admission is free.
Drama unfolds Aug. 30 with gunfire, performance by Fife and Drum Corps
NEW BERN -- Tryon Palace will perform a live reenactment of the Stanly-Spaight Duel during Labor Day weekend. Held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, this dramatic performance includes the loud boom of pistols firing, a performance by the Tryon Palace Fife and Drum Corps, and admission to the Palace gardens.
The story of New Bern’s most infamous duel traces back to Sept. 5, 1802, when prominent New Bern lawyer John Stanly, Jr. met his political rival, Richard Dobbs Spaight. Spaight, who had served as North Carolina’s first native-born governor, was mortally wounded after four rounds and Stanly was forced to flee the city. Stanly was eventually able to return to New Bern when his friend, Judge William Gaston, convinced the governor to grant North Carolina’s first gubernatorial pardon to Stanly.
Admission to the Stanly-Spaight Duel is $6 for adults, $3 for students, and includes admission to the Tryon Palace gardens. A One Day Pass to Tryon Palace includes the duel at no additional cost, as well as admission to the Stanly House and the Regional History Museum, which includes an exhibit of dueling pistols from the early 1800s and a portrait of Judge Gaston, the man who helped Stanly get his pardon.
RALEIGH -- International jazz vocalist Yolanda Hall of Durham has a voice that is alluring, passionate and timeless. As her sultry voice flows smoothly from soprano to baritone and back again, her remarkable range and interpretation of lyrics will take you on a musical journey.
The mezzo-soprano will present a special afternoon of jazz and spirituals during Sounds of Stagville: An Afternoon with Yolanda Hall on Sunday, Sept. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. Tickets cost $10 per person, $8 for museum members. To register, call 919-807-7992 or visit NCMOH-education.com.
“This will be a musical experience,” says Hall, who will begin with popular jazz tunes from the 1930s to the 1950s, songs by George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter and Fats Waller.
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