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Historic Stagville Reflects West African Christmas Tradition

Friday, November 17, 2017

Discover holiday traditions over time at Historic Stagville during the “Christmas at Stagville” holiday open house, Dec. 2, noon to 4 p.m. Help decorate the Bennehan house, learn about the West African Jonkonnu tradition, and experience an evening lantern tour after 5 p.m.

Happiness is a Holiday Season with Nature, Music, and Old-Fashioned Celebrations

Friday, November 17, 2017

There’s a holiday happening to suit every taste at venues of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Fireworks over Tryon Palace, a “Christmas Flotilla” at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort, “Christmas by Candlelight” at a state historic site and “Holiday Pops” or other performances with the North Carolina Symphony at home or on tour, are a few of the unique holiday experiences awaiting families at modest or no cost.

Celebrate the Holidays by Candlelight at Duke Homestead

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The soft contours of “Christmas by Candlelight” at Duke Homestead make the annual event a visitor favorite. The candlelight tours with costumed interpreters through the historic homestead Fridays, Dec. 1 and Dec. 8, will showcase the house festooned with 19th century decorations. The tours run 6:45 to 9:15 p.m.

N.C. Aquariums Expand Educational Opportunities Through Grants for Title I Schools

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Teachers in North Carolina’s Title I schools have an opportunity to engage their students in ocean science programming, thanks to a new program offering privately-funded mini-grants. The Aquarium Scholars program will provide underserved students in Title I schools across the state access to ocean science and science, technology, engineering and math aquarium education opportunities.

Bennett Place Recalls Civil War Christmas Celebrations

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Soldiers and Civilians tried to celebrate Christmas, even during the Civil War. Soldiers decorated their quarters with whatever they had and looked forward to receiving packages from home. Southern families endured the hardships of a naval blockade, food shortages and loved ones far away. Bennett Place State Historic Site will recall those times Saturday, Dec. 16, with a daytime and evening program.

Holiday Preps at the Museum of the Albemarle Gingerbread Workshop Dec. 1

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Take delight at the Museum of the Albemarle Gingerbread Workshop Friday, Dec. 1, 4 to 5 p.m. The smell of gingerbread will fill the air as kids from age one to 100 are encouraged to decorate gingerbread houses. Just bring a creative spirit and open mind and be ready to have fun!

Behind the Scenes Tours at State Capitol December 2

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Visitors have another chance to peek behind the scenes at the Capitol Saturday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The Capitol is offering a special tour - guests get access to the Capitol’s “secret spaces,” as well as behind the ropes access to most of the building!

Somerset Celebrates the Season December 3

Monday, November 13, 2017

Holiday music will welcome visitors to a heartwarming traditional Christmas with seasonal decorations of fresh greenery and floral arrangements at the 28th Annual Somerset Place Christmas Open House Sunday, Dec. 3, 1 to 4 p.m. Enjoy and experience a festive holiday season with sights, sounds and natural decorations on the exterior and interior of buildings and wishes of good cheer.

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