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Music, Art & History: A Winning Combo

An artist showcases her work at Historic Halifax

This post was written by intern Casey Owens, who talks about musical offerings at some upcoming 2nd Saturdays events on Aug. 14.

As a college student, experiencing all the cultural influences of North Carolina through the art, food, crafts, and music of local artisans is truly the best way to learn the history of the state I call home. While summer is winding down, 2nd Saturdays is gearing up for its final programs of the year at 37 state historic sites and museums on Aug. 14. 

Three eastern North Carolina sites are showcasing music on Aug. 14 – Historic Halifax, Somerset Place and the Museum of the Albemarle. They will feature music, food and live performances for families, travelers, and locals.  From gospel to acoustic strings to bluegrass, there is something for everyone to love as each site creates its own special mix.

Music and Art at the Museum of the Albemarle

The Museum of the Albemarle will host a variety of music and art along with the wonderful exhibits of the museum at the program “A Day on the River”. Bill Darrow, singer and songwriter, will perform sea shanties. The duo Paper Mountain will perform its mix of jazz, rock, bluegrass, country and folk, along with original music.

On top of the live musical performances, the Museum will present two documentaries about Eastern North Carolina. “Wild Caught: The Life and Struggles of an American Fishing Town” explores the day-to-day realities of a small North Carolina fishing town. “Coastal Dialect” explores the rich origins of how people talk along the North Carolina coast.

Musical Heritage on Display at Somerset

Music will also be in abundance at Somerset Place. African Drumming will be performed by Al Bailey and Braima Mowai. The Washington County Male Chorus will perform uplifting gospel music. Vocalist Antonio Webb will perform. The American Indian group Grey Wolf will perform drumming and dancing. Along with music, a variety of crafts, art, and food will be on display and for sale.

With so many artisans and craftsmen, Somerset Place offers a full day for families on a budget. While in the area, explore woodworking and arts at Historic Edenton.

Colonial and Celtic Performances at Halifax

Historic Halifax is showcasing music as well with the old-time, Colonial and Celtic music of the Potecasi String Band. “A Market Fair” is the theme for the site’s program. A diverse group of local artists will be on hand to exhibit and sell beautiful, handcrafted art, food and crafts. JoAnne Tripp’s paintings will be one of the features of the day. Family Flavored Ice will be on hand selling delicious, cold treats.

August 14 is certainly a day to mark on the calendar for anyone seeking a fun, entertaining summer day without breaking the bank. Celebrate the end of an eventful summer with 2nd Saturdays at any of the 37 historic sites and museums across the state.

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