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NCMC Events from Around the State... July 18, 2016

Posted: July 18, 2016, 12:24 pm

1). North Carolina Science Museums Grant Program ( announces that all interested parties in receiving a North Carolina Science Museum grant should submit their eligibility forms by midnight on July 31, 2016.  The competitive North Carolina Science Museums Grant program is one of the many ways that the State of North Carolina invests in sustaining and advancing one of the most diverse and widespread networks of science museums in the country. These museums are critical resources for schools and communities in providing learning experiences in and out of the classroom that enhance science literacy. The program is currently funded at more than $2,300,000 for fiscal year 2016-2017. For more information on the grants, eligibility, and to apply, please visit Interested applicants will need to register on this website to access eligibility and application materials.   Grant awards are based on criteria per general statute 143B-135.227.
2). North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort ( invites you to “Summer Science School: Pirates!” July 19th - 20th, from 9 a.m. – Noon.  Become part of a pirate crew on this 2-day class and choose how best to prepare for work, ready for battle, and divide any prizes that come your way. Fee is $50. Entering grades 1st & 2nd. Call 252.728.7317 to register. The Summer Science School offers students the opportunity to learn about the natural and maritime history of coastal N.C. through creative, hands-on experiences. North Carolina Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516.
3). Hands On! (, the Children's Museum in downtown Hendersonville, invites you to come play and learn this summer by joining them for a summer class. Their series of summer classes are STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) inspired. Classes offered this week are: Dino Dig! (Ages 7-11) on Wednesday, July 20th from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Explore the world of dinosaurs, rocks, and fossils with a real paleontologist! $40 non-member/$30 members. Forces in Motion! (Ages 7-11) on Thursday, July 21st from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Build & Test catapults, construct electrical circuits and investigate ramps and levers. $40 non-members/$30 members. Science Play ~ Wild Water! (Ages 3-6) on Friday, July 22nd from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The young ones will love science as they explore water and all of its unique properties. You are never too young to explore the world around you! Must be potty trained to attend w/o adult; younger can attend accompanied by adult. $20 non-member/$15 member. Registration is required and spaces are limited. Please call 697-8333 to register.
4). New Winston Museum ( invites you to join them for a live performance of “Letters to the New Year: Six Months Later” on Friday, July 22nd from 7:00–9:30 p.m.  “Letters to the New Year: Six Months Later” is the improvisational product of collaboration between Winston-based artists Blakeney Bullock, Michael Durando, Tim Nolan, and Jacob Paul. In this performance, volunteers sign on to have Blakeney compose a letter on their behalf. Blakeney’s composition though, is not with words, but with her body, embodying what she imagined the volunteers wished to express in a dance improvised live, then and there. The dance is accompanied by Tim Nolan on drums and a silly, but lovely, toy keyboard. Meanwhile, looking on, but unable to hear, Jacob sits at a manual typewriter loaded with carbon copy paper sandwiched between two sheets of stationary. He watches, and after each dance, he writes a translation of Blakeney’s dance. The artists explore the relationship between what can be expressed outside language, and then back within it again. Volunteer letter writers are wanted – contact Blakeney at to participate.
5). The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville ( and the Columbus County Arts Council have partnered to bring you “Movies on Madison: Summer Cinema Series.” This month’s film, Universal Pictures’ “Jurassic World,” will be shown Friday, July 22nd at dusk. In this thrilling fourth installment of the “Jurassic Park” franchise, “Jurassic World” takes place on the same fictional island of Isla Nublar, off the Pacific coast of Central America, where a new theme park has been built on the original site. The park plunges into chaos when a genetically modified dinosaur escapes its enclosure, forcing the park’s animal behaviorist (Chris Pratt) to save the day. Bring a blanket or chair.  Museum lawn opens at 8:00 p.m., movie starts at dusk. This free, 124-minute film is rated PG-13. This is a family-friendly event: no pets, coolers, alcohol or smoking permitted.  Refreshments will be available for purchase. August’s film will be Disney’s “Zootopia,” showing Friday, August 19th.  For more information, please call the museum at 910-914-4185 or email
6). Cameron Art Museum ( invites you to their exhibit, She Tells a Story, on view until September 11th, 2016. She Tells a Story celebrates the work of fifty-two visual artists from Cameron Art Museum’s permanent collection and connects the forms of visual and literary arts. Exploring the catalytic relationship between visual imagery and text, Cameron Art Museum invited fourteen Wilmington-area writers to compose new work inspired by these selections. This juxtaposition of visual with word illuminates how artists communicate their experiences, perspectives and world views through their chosen medium. On Thursday, July 28th join the CAM for Artist Demonstrations and a Gallery Talk on the exhibit.  Artist Demonstrations will take place from 3-5:00 p.m. and 7:30-8:30 p.m., and the Gallery Talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. Both programs are free for CAM Members and included with regular admission for all others.
7). The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum ( invites you to its 10th annual Blowing Rock Art & Antiques Show on Friday, July 29th - Sunday, July 31st. The event features over 5,000 square feet of gallery space transformed into a show floor filled with antiques and art of all kinds. The annual show brings antique dealers from around the country. The Art & Antiques Show kicks off with an evening Preview Party from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 28th, giving guests a sneak preview of this year’s show and the first chance to purchase items for sale. Preview Party tickets, which include admission to the show throughout the weekend, are $80. Advanced registration is required for the party. Access to a full open bar and hor d'oeuvres catered by local restaurants included. Tickets may be purchased at the Museum or over the phone at 828-295-9099 Ext. 3001. For questions, contact David at
8). High Point Museum ( invites you to drop-in on Saturday, July 30th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 31st from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. for Fun with Water in the Historical Park! Compete in a water bucket relay with our junior interpreters and try out an old fashioned thumb waterer while learning how early American settlers watered their plants without a garden hose. FREE. Drop-in.
9). Charlotte Museum of History ( invites you to “Mid-Century Modernism: Architecture & Interior Design” by Ron Crider on Thursday, August 4th at 6:00 p.m.  In conjunction with the 2016 Mad About Modern Home Tour, Ron Crider will discuss mid-century modern architecture and its association with interior design of the same period.  In his presentation, Crider will highlight the key design elements that influenced mid-century modern home construction and discuss the variety of decorative arts and interior design approaches used in the period to complement the architecture.  Crider will utilize the work of renowned mid-century modern architects to illustrate these key tenets and relate them to the homes featured on the 2016 Mad About Modern home tour.  Reception will follow presentation.  For more information, email, or call 704-568-1774.
10). Earl Scruggs Center ( invites you to August Pickin’ on the Square on Saturday, August 13th from 5:00-8:00 p.m.  Pickers, come jam informally around the square or sign up for a performance slot!  All playing levels welcome.  Secure instrument check is available. Not a picker?  Come and bring your family and friends and sit back and enjoy as we celebrate the tradition of bluegrass music.  Take part in a corn hole tournament, face painting, kids’ crafts, homemade ice cream, and more!