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NCMC Events from Around the State... August 22, 2016

Posted: August 25, 2016, 2:58 pm

1). New Winston Museum ( invites you to the “Music in Winston-Salem” Salon Series: The Music of Moravian Salem on Thursday, August 25th at 5:30 p.m.  Kicking off our four-part series on local music history and music education, Erik Salzwedel from the Moravian Music Foundation will share insights into Salem’s earliest musical traditions and their importance in the everyday lives of Moravian settlers.  Winston-Salem’s unique musical history is even older than the United States itself. In the woods of the Wachovia tract on the North Carolina frontier, Salem’s Moravian settlers played music that would not have been out of place in the great concert halls of Europe. Free event.
2). Charlotte Museum of History ( presents “Charlotte’s Iconic Music Venues” with author and photographer Daniel on Thursday, August 25th at 6:00 p.m. In this free lecture, Coston will speak on Charlotte’s iconic music venues including The Visulite Theatre, Tremont Music Hall, Double Door Inn and The Milestone. A reception will follow Coston’s presentation. The Museum also invites you to “Teas of the British Isles: The English Colonies in America” on Sunday, August 28th at 4:00 p.m. At this afternoon tea and lecture you will hear tales of the early English attempts to found colonies in North America: Roanoke, Jamestown, and New England and enjoy a Scottish themed menu of tea sandwiches, scones, and desserts and a favorite Scottish tea.
3). Spencer Doll and Toy Museum ( invites you to their upcoming Antiques Appraisal Fair on Friday, August 26th and Saturday, August 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days.  Antiques dealer Michael Hanson will be on hand to take a look at visitor's items and will offer advice and information regarding a broad spectrum of general merchandise, including dolls, toys, art and much more. Bring in your family heirlooms and yard sale bargains to find out the fascinating truths about these finds! However, please do not bring jewelry. Cost is $5.00 per item. Limit 2 items per person.  For more information, contact the Spencer Doll and Toy Museum at (704)762-9359 or
4). North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences ( in downtown Raleigh announces that Friday night programming at the Museum is back with new movies, programs, food, and a new name — Final Fridays! Do zombies exist? Are there really 40-foot-long anacondas? Did old sci-fi movies get anything right about the 21st Century? On Final Fridays, you’re invited to come explore the often wacky intersection between science and cinema! Join them Friday, August 26th for the inaugural Final Friday, “Science-Fiction Night: The Future Is Not as Good as It Used to Be.” The 1960s … a decade defined by excitement about the future, culminating in 1969 with the first lunar landing, and a quietly released short film from Philco-Ford called “Year 1999 AD,” that attempted to portray what life on the brink of the 21st Century might look like. At this first installment of Final Fridays, explore what the film got right and wrong, and the difficulties in predicting future technology and culture. Science-fiction author Dr. John Kessel, will give a presentation at 7:00 p.m. prior to the movie. Representatives from the Chapel Hill Brain Center and RTP Virtual Reality will host interactive science stations that will help you train your brain to be more focused and let you experience virtual reality using an Oculus Rift headset, from 6-7:00 p.m.  Final Fridays will take place on the last Friday of each month. Movies will be complemented by experts and hands-on science stations related to each night’s theme. Dinner (such as sliders or tacos), drinks (including NC beer and wine) and popcorn will be available to buy before the show. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., movies and presentations begin at 7:00 p.m. Admission: $5/person. For more information, a list of future Final Fridays, or to buy tickets, visit
5). The N.C. Transportation Museum ( invites you to their upcoming Civil War Weekend, Stoneman’s Raid Through Salisbury, Friday, August 26th – Sunday August 28th. This special weekend will feature:   train rides, historians, Civil War era music, living history, lantern tours, Civil War era dancing, and trolley tours. Lantern tours take place on Friday, August 26th, a Civil War Era dinner and dance take place in the evening on Saturday, August 27th, and all other events happen during the day on Saturday and Sunday, August 27-28.  The event will truly be a trip back in time, with Civil War reenactors providing living history demonstrations, musket fire, and troop movements. Sutlers, named for the merchants that followed troops to sell their wares, will be set up with Civil-War merchandise.  For a full list of event offerings, schedule and admission prices, please visit
6). The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville ( presents “Science Cinema,” Saturday, August 27th, featuring Disney-Pixar “WALL-E.” Disney and Pixar join forces for this computer-animated tale about a wide-eyed robot who travels to the deepest reaches of outer space in search of a newfound friend. This free 98-minute film will be shown at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. This film is rated G. The last Saturday of each month the museum will be showing engaging nature and science films perfect for the entire family. Science Cinema programming is funded by a grant from the International Paper Foundation. Admission to the museum is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. For more information, please call the museum at 910-914-4185 or email
7). Gaston County Museum ( invites you to join them for talk and book signing on “Gaston County, North Carolina, In The Civil” on Saturday, August 27th at 1:00 p.m.  Professor and author Robert Carpenter will speak on his new book telling the story of one Southern county's war experience in the lives of ordinary soldiers and on the home front. Free but reservations are requested. For more information or to make your reservations, please contact Jason Luker at 704-922-7681 ext. 105 or
8). The High Point Museum ( invites you to Pokemon Saturday on August 27th from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. The Historical Park includes two Pokestops and two Pokegyms.  Museum staff will be dropping lures throughout the day. Other activities include Pokemon games, Pokemon contests, Pokemon crafts and Pokegym battles. Visitors can dress as their favorite Pokemon. Pokemon sightings have included:  Dragonair, Ekans, Exeggcute, Gastly, Magikarp, Oddish, Pidgey, Pikachu, Psyduck, Raticate, Rattata, Staryu, Tangela and Weedle both inside the Museum as well as in our Historical Park. Refreshments including popcorn, lemonade, and freeze pops will be available. As always admission is free and the Museum also has free Wi-fi. All three of the historical buildings will be open and the blacksmith will be conducting demonstrations throughout the day.
9). Museum of the Cape Fear ( presents “The Rise of the Funeral Parlor” on Sunday, August 28th at 2:00 p.m. David Hall, a state inspector of funeral homes and crematories, will present in conjunction with the museum’s current special exhibit, Parlor to Parlor: Funeral Traditions of the Cape Fear, 1850-1950.  Mr. Hall taught for many years at Fayetteville Technical Community College in the funeral services department. His presentation will focus on how funerals went from taking place in the parlor of homes, to the rise of the funeral parlor as a business. Both the presentation and the special exhibit are free and open to the public. Starting October 1st, the 1897 Poe House will be dressed in mourning, showcasing the various ways people expressed their grief. 
10). Wrightsville Beach Museum ( announces the 20th Lumina Daze Celebration on Sunday, August 28th from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort.  Tickets are $20. The evening includes live music – Inside AND Oceanside – plein air and jewelry artists at work creating original pieces for the SILENT AUCTION, dancing under the stars, cash bar, an inflatable movie screen featuring short films and many more fun and interactive events!