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NCMC Events from Around the State... July 11, 2016

Posted: July 12, 2016, 9:47 am

1). Earl Scruggs Center ( invites you to visit their current exhibit, Star Spangled Sounds: Stories of Music and the Military, on view until January 7th, 2017.  Upon hearing ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’, Americans rise, remove their hats, and place their hands on their hearts.  Some sing, some remain silent, and all face the flag.  The National Anthem evokes powerful emotions such as pride, honor, and appreciation, affecting people in different ways for different reasons.  Our patriotic call to honor is a compelling example of how music can inspire an emotional response and move us to action. The United States military, throughout its life, has embraced the use of music.  From the drum calls of the Civil War, to a poignant performance of Taps, to entertainment offered by the USO, music has been and continues to be a tool used by all branches of the United States military to communicate, honor, unite, remember, and, more recently, to heal.
2). Kings Mountain Historical Museum ( invites the public to “Turning the Tide of War”, a presentation and book signing by Ken Henderson, on Thursday, July 14th at 5:30 p.m.  “Turning the Tide of War” is a true-life adventure novel which follows the story of the Battle of Kings Mountain as it unfolded in 1780. The book focuses on Josh Mosby, Chief of Scouts of the Patriot forces, and the strange turn of events which forces him to choose whether to save his family or to lead the Patriots to find the enemy. This program is presented in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibit, Turning Point: The Battle of Kings Mountain, which will be on display through October 15th. ADMISSION IS FREE! Please call 704-739- 1019 to schedule group tours of this exhibit.
3). The N.C. Transportation Museum ( will begin service to the North Pole onboard THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride starting November 18, 2016.  Ticket sales for the Museum’s most sought after event begin Tuesday, July 12th for select museum members, July 13th for all members, and July 14th for the public. The magical story comes to life when the train departs Barber Junction Depot on the grounds of the museum for an hour and 15-minute round-trip journey to the North Pole.  The journey runs from November 18th – December 22nd on select dates. Exact dates, fares and excursion times are available by visiting or by calling 704-636-2889 ext. 242.  Ticket prices for children (ages 3-12) range from $30 - $40 and for adults from $36 - $46, depending on date and class of service. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride!
4). Hands On! (, the Children's Museum in downtown Hendersonville, invites you to a Royal Tea Party! (Ages 3-6) Princes & Princesses are invited to a Royal Tea Party on Friday, July 15th from 10:30 a.m. –12:00 p.m.  Create a crown & learn tea party manners. Then, enjoy a tea party with the Queen! Must be potty trained to attend w/o adult; younger can attend accompanied by adult. $20 non-members/$15 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.
5). High Point Museum ( invites you to join them on a Washington Street Walking Tour on Saturday, July 16th at 8:00 a.m.  Tour begins at Changing Tides Cultural Center, 613 Washington St.  Local Historian Glenn Chavis will lead the tour.  Washington Street was a thriving business and entertainment district for High Point’s black community during the period of segregation. The tour, lasting approximately 90 minutes, is free of charge but is limited to 20 people so you must call to reserve your spot. Call the Museum at 885-1859 to register.
6). Cameron Art Museum ( reminds you that there is still time to see their exhibit, Raise the Curtain, on view through Sunday, July 17th.  Considered to be the oldest front curtain for a theater in the Americas, the original 1858 curtain from historic Thalian Hall Center in Wilmington, NC, has travelled to Cameron Art Museum for remedial art conservation and presentation to the public. Painted by Hudson River inspired artist, Russell Smith the 14-foot x 32-foot curtain features a scene of mystic ceremony from ancient Greece. Painted in distemper on hand-sewn muslin, the curtain was originally 23 feet x 29 feet.  Having undergone many alterations during the last 157 years (and as is customary with scene paintings), it was never intended to survive. However due to its inherent beauty and the important part it plays in the story of Thalian Hall and the Wilmington community, the Thalian Hall board of trustees and staff decided to pursue a course of remedial conservation. The exhibition affords the visitor the opportunity to see an image of “before” and study the “after” applications completed by paintings conservator, David Goist. The visitor can also compare old and new, in the realization of a full scale replica of Thalian’s original curtain painted by local artists in the adjacent exhibition gallery.
7). The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum ( will be hosting its annual Movies at the Museum program at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19th. The 1958 drama “Thunder Road” will be shown, followed by a discussion. The black-and-white film is about running moonshine in the Appalachian Mountains during prohibition in the late 1950s. Moonshine running, with its modified fast cars specially designed to escape the police, is widely believed to have led to the advent of NASCAR. Historian Bruce E. Stewart, a professor of history at Appalachian State University and author of “Moonshiners and Prohibitionists: The Battle over Alcohol in Southern Appalachia,” will lead an informative discussion following the showing. Guests are invited to take their admission to The Town Tavern of Blowing Rock, Bistro Roca Antlers Bar, or Six Pence Pub in downtown Blowing Rock for dinner, drinks, and conversation and receive 10% off their meal. Discount is good for Tues, Wed, and Thu nights after the screening. Admission is $5 for members and students and $7 for non-members.
8). North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences ( hosts Pioneer Night on Thursday, July 21st from 6-8 p.m. Do you have what it takes to survive?  You might be surprised to find out just how skilled at survival you really are. On July 21st join survival experts, tool smiths and historians for Pioneer Night at the Museum’s Nature Research Center. Visitors can learn survival skills through hands-on activities, games and more. They will receive a “passport” upon arrival and will have the chance to win a variety of items. Pioneer Night complements the Museum’s current featured exhibition American Adventure, a highly interactive maze that takes visitors on an immersive, educational role-playing adventure that asks people to conquer one great challenge: survive a year as one of the original colonists of the first permanent English settlement — Jamestown in 1607.  Tickets to Pioneer Night can be purchased online or at the Box Office for $10/person; $5 for Friends of the Museum. The ticket price includes admission to American Adventure to be used at a later date. For more information, please contact Debbie Huston at 919.707.9840 or via email at
9). North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort ( announces the 10th Annual Crab Cake Cook-off on Friday, July 15th, 6 – 8:00 p.m.  Taste delicious crab cakes made by four volunteer guest chefs and vote on your favorite at this Museum fundraiser that takes place at the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center. In addition, the event has a slaw taste-off. Space is limited. Members only, all are welcome to join the Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum. Membership starts at just $35. Proceeds from this event help support the operations of the Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum and the North Carolina Maritime Museum. Ticketed event for the Friends of the Museum Members. Tickets on sale now at the Museum Store or online at 252.728.7317. North Carolina Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516.
10). The Asheville Art Museum ( still has spots available for its “Art Travels” trip to London, England from November 6 to 13, 2016. Travelers will enjoy seven days and nights of art and architecture, plus time to explore on their own. Included in the trip are first-class accommodations at the charming Stafford Hotel, a boutique hotel in the heart of London in St. James Place; deluxe motorcoach touring for all group activities; entrance/guide fees at all destinations; plus a daily full English breakfast, four lunches, three dinners and one English tea. As with all Art Travels experiences, travelers will visit museums to see both venerated collections and world-class special exhibitions. Led by Pamela Myers, executive director of the Asheville Art Museum, the trip promises to be full of art, culture, friends, excellent accommodations, and culinary experiences.  For full details, costs and registration, visit  or call 828.253.3227, ext. 122.