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NCMC Events from Around the State... May 9, 2016

Posted: May 9, 2016, 1:09 pm

1). North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources ( announces that state of the art technology has yielded an image with unprecedented detail of the recently located wreck of the Civil War blockade runner Agnes E. Fry. EMS Special Operations divers from the Charlotte Fire Department and sonar experts from Nautilus Marine Group (NMG) provided assistance to state archaeologists with the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and the International Institute of Maritime Research to record the entire wreck site with a digital, sector scanning sonar. The shipwreck was discovered on February 27th, during a search for the ships lost during the Union campaign to blockade the port of Wilmington during the Civil War. Further analysis of the new sonar imagery will allow UAB archaeologists to create a research plan for further investigations of this well preserved blockade runner. The investigation of Agnes E. Fry is part of a major project is funded by the National Park Service through the American Battlefield Protection Program Grant.  In addition to personal items possibly left behind by the crew, an eye witness account of the vessel's loss clearly states that none of the ship's cargo was salvaged by the Confederate troops defending the entrances to the Cape Fear River.  Agnes Fry was run aground on December 27th, 1864.  For additional information, please call (910) 458-9042.
2). Spencer Doll and Toy Museum ( announces a contest in celebration of last week’s National Teacher Appreciation Day! Write an essay about your favorite teacher is, and you can win a prize!  The essay just needs to be at least 3 well-constructed paragraphs, and cover what makes your favorite teacher so special and why. Any elementary school aged student up to and including grade 5 may submit an essay. Include your name, age, grade, and contact information. A hand drawn picture of your teacher is not required, but always appreciated and enjoyed.  The winning essay will win a Teacher Barbie Doll and a special gift for his/her teacher. (The doll makes a nice gift as well.) Essays are due by Saturday, May 21st and winners will be announced on May 26th. Send or deliver your essay to: The Spencer Doll and Toy Museum, 108 Fourth Street Spencer, NC 28159.
3). Hands On! (, the Children's Museum in downtown Hendersonville, invites you to come and make a toy for your pet as they continue to celebrate people and their pets at Hands On!  Supplies will be available to make a cat or dog toy Tuesday, May 10 through Thursday, May 12. You can also take home pet treats to reward your furry friend. This activity takes place in our party room and is free with $5 admission/free for members. For additional information about Hands On! educational programs and facility, please visit their website at or call 828-697-8333.
4). President James K. Polk State Historic Site ( invites you to a Back-Country Music, Dance ‘n ‘Que on Saturday, May 14th from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Join them as they thaw out and ring in spring with some back-country tunes and tasty BBQ. This festival will feature local artists playing historic music, as well as local ‘que. Bring the family, your lawn chairs, and blankets to enjoy acts like the Appalachian Dulcimer Club, Red Hills Dance, the Myers Park Consort, and the headliner, the Myers Park High School Bluegrass Club! President James K. Polk State Historic Site is located at 12031 Lancaster Hwy., Pineville, NC.  Admission is free. BBQ meal is $12 and includes meat, 3 sides, a roll and a drink. All proceeds will go to the Polk Memorial Support Fund, Inc.
5). NC Transportation Museum ( hosts National Train Day on Saturday, May 14th!  National Train Day is an event held annually to celebrate the driving of the Golden Spike, which completed the first United States transcontinental railroad.  This event allows train lovers of all ages to enjoy a full day dedicated to full-sized and model trains.  Passenger train and special caboose train rides, behind-the-scenes tours, programs focused on railroading, and children’s events make this an attractive and affordable day of family fun.  National Train Day runs from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.  For a full list of the days offerings and admission prices, please visit  Tickets can be purchased in advance online at, by phone at 704-636-2889 Ext 224, or at the door on May 14.
6). Greensboro Science Center ( reminds you that there is just one month left to experience BODIES REVEALED while it is at the Center. The Exhibition, which opened on October 10, 2015, will leave Greensboro on June 5th. Now seen by more than 15 million visitors, the Exhibition features real, whole and partial body specimens that have been meticulously dissected and preserved through an innovative process, giving visitors the opportunity to view the complexity of their own organs and systems like never before. Exhibition hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Tickets can be purchased online and at the Center's admissions desk. Group discounts and audio tours are available. Visit or call 336-288-3769 for more information.
7). Mount Airy Museum of Regional History ( invites you to History Talks: Shape Note Singing – History and Tradition presented by Gary Poe from Ashe County on Sunday, May 15 at 2:00 p.m. on the 3rd floor of the Museum.   History Talks are Free to the public. Mount Airy Museum of Regional History is located at 301 N. Main Street, Mount Airy, NC. 
8). Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art ( invites you to their next Time Capsule Talk on Thursday, May 12th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the McChesney Scott Dunn Auditorium. Explore the future of the human body with lead innovator Doctor Anthony Atala, M.D., of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. This engaging conversation brings together science and art through the lens of biology and regenerative medicine. Tour through the galleries with Curator Cora Fisher at 6:00 p.m. Dr. Atala's talk begins at 6:30 with a reception following the talk. This program is free.  The Time Capsule Talks are sponsored by the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter and the North Carolina Humanities Council.
9). Hickory Museum of Art ( invites you to celebrate six legendary musicians, rooted in traditional Southern blues, during Hickory Museum of Art’s Music Makers Blues Revue & BBQ on Saturday, May 14. See the multimedia exhibition We Are the Music Makers: Preserving the Soul of America’s Music and join the community in an outdoor, plated BBQ supper to benefit the Museum 5-6:30 p.m., followed by a blues performance 7-8:30 p.m. in Drendel Auditorium on the SALT Block. Admission to the blues performance is free with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Receive early entry to the Music Makers Blues Revue with purchase of a BBQ plate. Plate purchase includes sides and a drink. Beer will be available for purchase and HMA’s Guild will be selling homemade Southern desserts. Order barbecue chicken or pulled pork plates online at or by calling the Museum at 828-327-8576.  The Music Makers Blues Revue lineup includes Cool John Ferguson, John Dee Holeman, Big Ron Hunter, Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen, Harvey Dalton Arnold and Bubba Norwood. For more information, visit or call 828-327-8576.
10). The N.C. Museum of History’s ( second annual Longleaf Film Festival announces the films selected for its juried festival Friday, May 13th - Saturday, May 14th. More than 40 films from across the state and around the world will be screened for the public during the event. To view the official selections — drama, sci-fi, comedy, romance and documentaries — visit Admission is free for all films at the festival of narrative and documentary films, features and shorts. Seating is first come, first seated. A free, public awards ceremony concludes the festival on Saturday evening.  The festival will kick off Friday, May 13th with film screenings from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the museum’s Daniels Auditorium. On Saturday, May 14th, watch films from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on three screens throughout the museum. At 8:30 p.m., festival winners will be announced in the awards presentation. Winners were selected by a panel of judges including film critics, filmmakers, and film scholars. Although the festival’s independent films are not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America, most are in the PG-13 range and some are family friendly. Films outside the PG-13 range will be noted in the online and printed programs.
11). Cameron Art Museum ( is thrilled to bring two art conservators from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York to North Carolina as part of its new Conservation Lecture Series, designed to offer insights into this fascinating field. The series begins on Thursday, May 12th at 6:30 p.m. with Karl Buchberg and his lecture “The Conservator as Co-Curator: Matisse and Degas.” Buchberg is Senior Conservator at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Seats are available for purchase on Cameron Art Museum’s website:, by phone or stop in and purchase at the Visitor Services desk. CAM Members: $50.00, Non-Members: $75.00 This program is held in the Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall at Cameron Art Museum. The subsequent presentation in the Conservation Lecture Series will be held on June 16, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. featuring art conservator Michael Duffy. Duffy’s lecture will bring insights into the work he conducted with MoMA’s Magritte collection.
12). Earl Scruggs Center ( invites you to their upcoming program, Sounds Stilled: Musical Photography by Don Sturkey, 1956-1988, with UNC Chapel Hill Archivist Stephen Fletcher on Saturday, May 14th from 1 - 2 p.m.  As a photographer at The Charlotte Observer, Don Sturkey froze on film thousands of moments in the lives of performers and audiences. Join UNC Chapel Hill archivist Stephen Fletcher for our Carolina Faces exhibit closing lecture. FREE with exhibit admission. FREE for members. Registration is available online.