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NCMC Events Around the State... February 8th, 2016

Posted: February 8, 2016, 8:47 am

1). Joel Lane Museum House ( presents a talk on "The Inimitable Winston Churchill" by Elliot Engel on Friday, February 12th at 7:00 p.m. at the Raleigh Moravian Church, 1816 Ridge Road in Raleigh.  Dr. Engel has dug deeply into numerous biographies to discover delightful yet virtually unknown details of Churchill's brilliant career. Using anecdotes, analysis, and LARGE doses of humor, Professor Engel will bring to life this twentieth-century giant. Admission is $27.00 per person, general admission; Advanced purchase is strongly suggested. For more information, please call (919) 833-3431 or
2). Catawba Science Center's ( latest exhibition, Ocean Bound, takes visitors of all ages on a journey through watersheds to see how everyone's actions on land affect our ocean.  This hands-on feature exhibit allows visitors to experience the science of watersheds and gain a new appreciation of watershed health by using four different themes.  Ocean Bound! is open now and can be experienced through May 15th.  Using interactive exhibits, guests will explore how water moves through a watershed with a 3-D terrain model which begins with a movable "rain cloud."  Visitors will also discover aquatic species and habitats by piloting a full-size "submersible" from mountain stream all the way to the ocean, and gain specific knowledge of nearly seventy aquatic life forms and ecosystems.  Children are able to use a kid-friendly touch screen that shows both helpful and harmful behaviors that affect our watershed, and families can enjoy illustrated books about aquatic animals, conservation, and watersheds in the Riverside Clubhouse.  Through play, even very young children are encouraged to protect watershed and ocean health. Admission to Ocean Bound! is free for CSC members.  The cost for non-members visitors is CSC's general admission fee plus $1.00.  For more information aboutOcean Bound! visit or contact CSC at (828) 322-8169.
3). Mount Airy Museum of Regional History( has exciting programs coming up in February! A five part Beginners Genealogy Class series will take place on Tuesdays, February 9, 16, 23 and March 1st and 8th from   6 – 8 p.m.   This course, taught by local genealogist Esther Johnson, is designed for the individual who is interested in researching his/her family tree.  Visits to the Surry County Register of Deeds office and the Carlos Surratt Genealogy Room at Surry Community College are included.  Each class is $5 per person, and free to Museum members.  Also coming up, the 6th annual African-American Read-In hosted by the Plaid Cloth Literary Society.  The Read-In will be held on Wednesday, February 10 at 12 noon in the 2nd floor conference room of the Museum.  To participate, one needs only to select works written by an African American and be prepared to read a poem or an excerpt from a book.  Listeners are also welcome!
4). Asheville Art Museum ( announces that award-winning WNC Student Art will be on view at the Museum until March 6, 2016.  Julia Briden, a senior at A.C. Reynolds High School in Asheville, has been practicing art since she was a little girl. She started out drawing, and then moved on to painting and sculpture under the guidance of her art teacher (and stepmom) Mary. Her hard work shows. Julia is one of 68 students recognized this year with a WNC Regional Scholastic Art Award. Visitors to the Asheville Art Museum's free Holden Community Gallery have the opportunity to be inspired by the award-winning artwork of these talented students in an exhibition on view from now until March 6, 2016.  Out of nearly 630 entries, 132 works have been recognized by the judges and are featured in this exhibition. Julia Briden has had an exceptional year. Fifteen of her submissions received awards, of which five were Gold Key Awards. Five students, including Julia, were also nominated for American Visions, indicating their work is the best of the regional awards. One of these American Visions nominees will receive an American Visions Medal at the National Scholastic Art Awards.  The 2016 WNC Regional Scholastic Awards recipients will be honored at a ceremony on February 21st at 2:00 p.m. in the Diana Wortham Theatre.
5). The N.C. Transportation Museum ( presents an evening of elegant dining, combined with the romance of the railroad, and a new experience for Valentine's couples. The museum's newest event, Wine 'n' Dine On the Rails features a cocktail hour inside the museum, a leisurely train ride around the 57 acre historic site, and a three course meal served by a top rated chef aboard the train. The wines of Shelton Vineyards will be featured, along with the talents of Creative Gourmet Catering and Chef Matt Trexler. All train cars are heated and water and tea are available during cocktail hour and onboard the train. Wine will be served throughout the event.  Beer will only be served during cocktail hour. Although it is not required, the museum requests "nice dress" attire for those attending the event. Tickets are $75 per person for four top table seating.  Please note that those purchasing fewer than four tickets under this option may be seated with another couple.    Two top table seating is $175 per couple. This option provides table for two in the dining area.  Only six of these tables are available per ride.  Those wishing to purchase tickets can do so online, or call 704-636-2889 ext. 224. Online purchase is recommended due to expected high call volume. Limited seating is available.
6). North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences( announces the display of winning images from Wildlife in North Carolina Photo Competition. For someone who has only been practicing serious photography for about eight years, Frank Ellison has done pretty well for himself. Ellison, 53, took first place in the Invertebrate category in the 2014 Photo Competition and now earned the top prize in the 2015 Wildlife in North Carolina Photo Competition. His photo and 30 other winning shots in 10 categories are on display at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences now through the end of July 2016.  This year there was an uptick in entries with almost 1,500 images uploaded. All winning photo­graphs may be seen on exhibit at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences as well as online at
7). The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA ( invites you to two upcoming programs on Saturday, February 13th.  The first, Firepower! Find 'em, Track 'em: Introduction to Fire Control (Part One), will run from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  The Battleship is a floating weapons platform, but the finest guns are of little use without the means to direct their fire accurately at the target. The morning program presenters will discuss the various types of fire control equipment (directors/optical range finders, radar, computers) and how main and secondary battery plotting rooms and the combat information center operated. Admission is $40 per person. $35 for Friends members or active military. Plus tax.  The second program, Shoot 'em: The Guns (Part Two), will run from 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  In the afternoon session participants learn about and explore the Battleship's 16-inch and 5-inch guns from the gun houses to the ammunition loading compartments; the 40mm and 20mm guns, and the weapons that they replaced (1.10 and 50 caliber guns). Admission is $45 per person. $40 for Friends members or active military. Plus tax.  Both of these programs are for adults only (ages 16 and up) and limited to 24 participants. It is not appropriate for those who may have difficulty climbing narrow ladders. Wear warm, comfortable, washable clothing, sturdy, rubber-soled shoes and bring a camera! Registration and payment are due Thursday before the event.
8). High Point Museum ( invites you to learn how to make thread buttons, on Saturday, February 13th from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Before plastic, early American women made buttons from whatever they had available—wood, walnuts, bone, even thread!  Let costumed interpreters show you how to make your own thread button. Instruction available on the half-hour.  Cost is $1 per button. Free for Historical Society members. Especially geared for ages 8 and up. Drop-in.
9). The Spencer Doll and Toy Museum( will host the Black History Month's 2nd Annual Fashion Show on Saturday, February 20th. The event will be held from 6-8 p.m. including refreshments at the Spencer Women's Club, 100 Third St. Community Leaders Thomasina Paige, member of Dorset Chapel Church, Vincia Benjamin Miller, member of AME Zion Church of Concord and 2nd Vice President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, and Brenda Neely, Owner of A Perfect Dress and member of Miller's Chapel AME Zion will be hosting this event. Thomasina will be demonstrating original African fabrics which show the beautiful patterns and how they evolved over time.  Vincia will be organizing the local models with Brenda and also showcasing church fashions. Brenda will be donating her expertise and time to show the newer fashions and prom dresses.  This event also includes refreshments, sponsored by Chic-Fil-A, and admission to the Spencer Doll and Toy Museum to showcase Black History Month exhibits from 10-3 p.m. All ages are welcome! We welcome sponsorships for advertising, door prizes and sponsorships. Attendees are encouraged to wear their African Attire.  To purchase $10 admission tickets, please call the museum at (704) 762-9359 Thursday- Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tickets are being sold now and credit cards are accepted.
10). Hands On! (, the Children's Museum in downtown Hendersonville, invites you to come and help us celebrate our new chicken coop exhibit on Wednesday, February 17 - Friday, February 19. "Which Came First?" is an interactive chicken coop that allows children to count and sort eggs. Additional activities will include making your own chicken to take home and learning about the life cycle of an egg. These drop-in self-directed activities will be located in our Party Room and are free with $5 admission/free for members. For additional information about their educational programs and facility, please visit their website at or call 828-697-8333.