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NCMC Events from Around the State... May 16, 2016

Posted: May 17, 2016, 8:47 am

1). Greensboro Science Center ( holds 3rd Annual Tuxedo Trot: Run for the Penguins on Saturday, May 21st. All proceeds from this 5K and Kids' Fun Run will be donated to SANCCOB (The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) to support efforts to save endangered African penguins in the wild.  The Tuxedo Trot will take 5K runners along a beautiful two loop course that starts and ends at the GSC's entrance on Lawndale Drive and goes through Country Park. A one mile Kids' Fun Run through the Center's Animal Discovery Zoo is also available for children ages 10 and younger. Runners of all ages are encouraged to wear black and white or penguin-themed costumes. Participants will receive a race t-shirt, reusable grocery bag or penguin keychain, complimentary GSC admission on race day and more. Prizes will be awarded for best costume, top overall finishers and through random drawings. Registration is currently available online at Registration fees are as follows, with 100% of proceeds being donated to SANCOBB: 5k Registration Fees: $40 from May 1 through noon on May 19, and $45 at packet pickup on race day.  Kids' Fun Run Registration Fees: $20 noon on May 19, and $25 at packet pickup and on race day. Packet pickup starts at 7:00 a.m., 5K starts at 8:00 a.m., and Kids' Fun Run Starts at 9:00 a.m.
2). Asheville Art Museum ( invites you to celebrate International Museum Day with them through FREE admission and programs on Wednesday, May 18th from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Along with over 35,000 museums around the world, the Asheville Art Museum is excited to participate in International Museum Day, organized each May 18 since 1977. International Museum Day aims to raise awareness of the value of museums in the community. To celebrate, the Asheville Art Museum is offering FREE admission to the galleries, as well as the following programs: Art Break, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Visitors are invited to attend a free art talk as part of the Make It Speak: Stories from the Vault series. Family Day in the Studio, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Families are invited to participate in free hands-on art activities in the Museum Studio. All supplies are provided and children of all ages are welcome with an adult. Make It Yours Listening Session, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. The Asheville Art Museum encourages community members to become a part of the creation of the new Asheville Art Museum. For more information, visit or call 828.253.3227.
3). Hands On! (, the Children's Museum in downtown Hendersonville, invites you to Butterfly Week at Hands On!  Join Hands On! as they explore butterflies!  Learn about their life cycle and the nano science of butterfly wings.  Supplies will also be available to make a butterfly to take home. These activities take place on Tuesday, May 17th through Friday, May 20th. Butterfly week is sponsored by Drs. Alison & Richard Reid, Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics and is free with $5 admission/free for members.  The mission of Hands On! is to provide “hands on” educational experiences that stimulate the imagination and motivate learning in a fun, safe environment.  For additional information about their educational programs and facility, please visit their website at or call 828-697-8333.
4). The Weatherspoon Art Museum ( at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is delighted to present Inside the Outside: Five Self-Taught Artists from the William Louis-Dreyfus Collection from May 21st - September 4th, 2016. There will also be a Members' Gallery Talk: William Louis-Dreyfus and Nancy Doll on Friday, May 20th, at 6:00 p.m., and Public Reception at 6:30 p.m.  The enigmatic—and often humorous and dramatic—works in this exhibition survey the production of five highly gifted artists: James Castle, Thornton Dial, Nellie Mae Rowe, Bill Traylor, and Willie Young. Prior labels of “outsider” and “visionary” have given way to the more appropriate term, “self-taught” art, though the genre remains one of the most intriguing in modern and contemporary art. Each of these artists has examined an idiosyncratic personal reality to create works full of imaginative and visual power, works that stand beside the canon of the mainstream art world.  The exhibition was co-organized by Darsie Alexander, Executive Director, Katonah Museum of Art and Nancy Doll, Director, Weatherspoon Art Museum. ArtsGreensboro and the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation are sponsors of the exhibition at the Weatherspoon.
5). Zebulon B. Vance Birthplace State Historic Site ( invites you to celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of the Vance Birthplace Exhibit Hall, with all new exhibits, on Saturday, May 21st from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Renovations were made possible with grant funding and months of work by Historic Sites staff, the Friends of the Vance Birthplace, and the community. The new exhibits will take a deeper look at Zebulon Vance’s childhood and career, include information and perspectives from the last 50 years of research, and add hands-on, kid-friendly interactive elements. During the opening, as with any good mountain party, there will be live music (by The Martins) and BBQ plates (for sale from Appalachian Smoke). For more information, call (828) 645-6706 or email
6). North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville ( announces that BugFest South is coming to the Museum on Saturday, May 21st from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Did you know that the fastest flying insect is the dragonfly, or that there are more insects in North Carolina than humans in the entire world? Join the fun of all things “buggy” and get to know your six-legged neighbors at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville’s BugFest South.  BugFest South is a free, family friendly festival celebrating the creepy, crawly creatures we love. Enjoy entertaining displays, exhibits and activities. Learn all about arthropods, which make up three-quarters of all animals on Earth. Bring out your inner bug by competing in the Arthropod Olympics. See live critters visiting from the Arthropod Zoo in Raleigh. Cheer on real roaches racing in the Roachingham 500 and get a taste of entomophagy (the practice of eating bugs) as you sample insect-infused dishes prepared by local, award-winning chefs from downtown restaurants.   Café Insecta opens at 10:30 a.m. and closes when the food runs out. So come early! The best part is, it’s free! Please contact the museum at 910-914-4185 for more information.
7). The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher ( and DREAMS of Wilmington team up to present “DREAMS Community Arts Day” on Saturday, May 21st from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Local teaching artists from DREAMS help visitors tap into their creative side while exploring the magic of the ocean. Artists lead demonstrations, workshops and hands-on activities in upcycled art, dioramas, painting and more. Activities are appropriate for children and adults of all ages and are free with Aquarium admission.  DREAMS Community Arts Day continues a multi-year partnership between the Aquarium and the Wilmington-based non-profit. The organization is dedicated to providing youth in need with high-quality, free instruction in the literary, visual, multimedia and performing arts.  For more information about the Aquarium visit For information about DREAMS of Wilmington visit 
8). North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort ( invites you to an Introduction to Wooden Boat Building Course on Saturday, May 21st – 22nd, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  In this two-day hands-on course, students will explore the art of boat building from start to finish. They begin with the design and lofting of boats, and move on to the setup, steam bending and different methods of creating the back bone of small boats.  In addition, they will learn how to make planking systems, both carvel and lap strake and all the appropriate fastening systems. By the end of the course, students will have the knowledge and skill to choose a design and style of boat to build on their own and the confidence to take on the job. Course fee: $135. Minimum age: 16 yrs. old.  All courses are limited in size.  Advance registration required.  252-728-7317. The Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center, North Carolina Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC  28516.  Additional dates include:  June 25-26, July 23-24, August 27-28, September 10-11, November 19-20, and December 10-11.
9). Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex’s ( upcoming presentation sheds light on the history of PTSD, originally Known as Soldier’s Heart.  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD as it is most commonly referred to, is very much a part of the Fayetteville/Ft. Bragg communities. How much do we know about the history of PTSD? Is it something that resulted from current or recent conflicts? Many people may be surprised to learn of a study conducted with Civil War soldiers and the consequences of their combat more than 150 years ago. “Soldier’s Heart and the Civil War” is the topic of a presentation scheduled for Sunday, May 22nd at 2:00 p.m. at the Museum of the Cape Fear. Dr. Matt Farina will discuss the findings of the study done in Philadelphia by a Jacob Mendez Da Costa during the time and following the American Civil War. For more information, please visit:
10). The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum ( will be hosting a ballad-singing workshop on Tuesday, May 24th, from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., with award-winning, Asheville-based ballad singer Saro Lynch-Thomason. Ballads are simply songs that tell stories. Many of the ballads that have traditionally been popular in the southern Appalachians, such as “Barbara Allen,” originated in the British Isles hundreds of years ago and travelled to the New World with the Scotch-Irish immigrants of the 1700s. Other popular ballads, such as “Tom Dooley,” originated right here in Appalachia. In this workshop, Lynch-Thomason will focus on rare, short ballads on topics ranging from the Civil War to “hangman’s ballads” to boar hunting. She will use the traditional “knee-to-knee” (or sing and repeat) method, so ability to read sheet music is not required. Participants will receive lyrics sheets and recordings of the material taught. The cost for the workshop is $20 for BRAHM members and $25 for nonmembers. Space is limited and preregistration is required before May 23, 4.00 p.m. To register, phone 828.295.9099.