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NCMC Events from Around the State... September 5, 2016

Posted: September 6, 2016, 12:06 pm

1). The North Carolina Museums Council ( announces that it is now accepting proposals for the 2017 NCMC Conference in Wilmington on March 26-27, 2017. To submit a proposal or to learn more, please visit:
2). Hands On! (, the children's museum in downtown Hendersonville, invites you to join them as they celebrate Grandparents Day, which is Sunday, September 11th. Create a special card to show your Grandparents how much you love them!  Card supplies will be available in our party room September 6th - September 9th. This activity is sponsored by Advocates for the Arts of Henderson County and is free with $5 admission/free for members.
3). Museum of the Albemarle ( invites you to the upcoming Preschooler Time: The Legend of Betsy Dowdy on Thursday, September 8th from 10 -11:00 a.m.  Celebrate the US Constitution by discovering the legend of Betsy Dowdy and participating in a hands-on activity. Free to the public, "PreSchooler Time" program participants must be between 3 and 5 years old and accompanied by an adult.
4). High Point Museum ( invites you to a guitar program featuring guitar craftsman Wayne Henderson on Thursday, September 8th from 6 – 7:30 p.m.  Hear from him about how he got his start, what drew him to making guitars, and what keeps him building more each year. He also is an accomplished musician and will be playing some music. This is in conjunction with our exhibit - The Luthier’s Craft: Instrument Making Traditions of the Blue Ridge – which will be on display until Saturday, December 17th. This exhibit explores and documents the traditional arts of fiddle, guitar and banjo making in Southern Appalachia and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
5). The Asheville Art Museum ( is pleased to announce Art Break “Geometric Vistas: Landscapes by Artists of Black Mountain College” on Friday, September 9th at 12:00 p.m. These informal lunchtime gallery talks and presentations both inform and engage you in dialogue with Museum curatorial and education staff, docents or special guests. During this Art Break, Tamara Vaughan, Curatorial Graduate Intern, will lead a discussion on our exhibition Geometric Vistas: Landscapes by Artists of Black Mountain College. Free with membership or Museum admission.
6). North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences ( in downtown Raleigh hosts Educator Open House on Friday, September 9th from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. Educators, have you ever wondered how estuaries breathe, and why fish sometimes can’t? Or wanted to learn what lives on your skin, and the cool adaptations that enable them to do so? Then you’re invited to visit the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences this Friday for the SciREN Triangle Networking Event and Open House. This special night showcases the wide array of Museum educational programs and opportunities as well as lesson plans from local scientists.  Attending educators, from pre-K to grade 12, can preview Museum exhibits and activities while working out the logistics of a school fieldtrip, talk directly with museum educators and research staff about on site programs, and find out first-hand about distance learning, outreach and professional development opportunities. Through a partnership with SciREN (Scientific Research and Education Network), educators can also meet more than 60 local scientists ready to distribute curriculum-centered lessons based on their research. This is an excellent way to rejuvenate teaching methods, integrate relevant and real science to student learning, and reach out into the community. The event is held in partnership with SciREN (Scientific Research and Education Network. There is no charge for the event, but registration (online at is recommended.
7). NC Museum of History ( announces the opening of their upcoming traveling exhibit, Scent of the Pine, You Know How I Feel: North Carolina Art from the Jonathan P. Alcott Collection. The exhibit highlights North Carolina scenes and features 73 paintings by artists with ties to the Tar Heel State. The artwork spans two centuries and numerous styles, from realism and American Impressionism to postmodernism and folk art. Scent of the Pine was originally organized by the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts and curated by K. Johnson Bowles at Longwood University in Farmville, Va. It will be on view at the Museum from September 10th through December 4th, 2016.
8). President James K. Polk State Historic Site ( invites you to attend “Sarah Childress Polk: Educated Wife, Active First Lady” presented by James Crawford, Professor of History at UNC-Charlotte, on Saturday, September 10th at 11:00 a.m. This lecture will illuminate how private education shaped Sarah Childress Polk’s roles as First Lady, patron of the arts and one of the most successful graduates of North Carolina’s Salem Academy.  Admission is free.
9). Hickory Museum of Art ( presents the fourth annual Autolawn Party from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 10th on the SALT Block Lawn. The fundraising event to benefit HMA educational programming features a Euro Classic Car Show, art exhibits, live music, food court, beer garden and more.  This year’s car show is a British Invasion theme highlighting all British makes and models, although all other European brands are eligible for registration. Entry is free for spectators.  The Autolawn Party will also feature live music in the beer garden and food court. Local performers Bob Sinclair and The Big Deals will play acoustic music starting at 2 p.m. For more information about the Autolawn Party, or to register for the car show, visit
10).  Mount Airy Museum of Regional History ( invites you to a History Talks lecture, book signing, and music on Sunday, September 11th at 2:00 p.m. Music journalist and author Penny Parsons will talk about her book “Foggy Mountain Troubadour: The Life and Music of Curly Seckler” with music provided by the South Carolina Broadcasters.  History Talks are FREE to the public and held on the Museum’s 3rd floor.
11). Museum of the Cape Fear ( announces that on Tuesday, September 13th at 10:00 a.m., the Museum will once again host Preschool Pals for children ages 3 to 5. The theme this month is squirrels.  Preschool Pals offer children a chance to spend time in the museum doing activities instead of just walking around looking at “stuff” they can’t relate to or understand. By offering them a chance to create a “make-it, take-it” craft, hear a story, and listen to music, a museum is seen as a fun and exciting place rather than boring. For more information, please visit their website or follow them on Facebook. This is a free educational program.
12). North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort ( announces their upcoming Build Your Own Skin-On-Frame Boat workshop on Saturday, September 17th – Tuesday, September 20th from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Participants will build their own Skin-On-Frame ultralight boat in the Inuit style.  After the frames have been pegged and lashed together from fir and steam bent white oak frames, the skin of 12-ounce Ballistic Nylon is sewn over the frame and coated with either varnish or paint to produce a light, tough and beautiful boat.  This 4-day course runs for four straight days.  Students also have the option to take the course on two consecutive weekends September 17 & 18 and September 24 & 25.  Course fee: $1,500.  Minimum age: 16 yrs. old.  Advance registration required. 
13). The Charlotte Museum of History ( invites you to Backcountry Days with the Charlotte Folk Society on Saturday, September 17th from 1 - 5:00 p.m. Join the Museum for a free celebration of the Piedmont Backcountry with a variety of musical traditions from the Charlotte Folk Society.  This free family event features music, storytelling, free ice cream, and kids’ crafts.  There will be demonstrations of eighteenth-century crafts such as basket weaving, blacksmithing, pottery, and cooking. FREE to everyone! Please register in advance.  To register, please visit:
14). The Joel Lane Museum House ( invites you to join them for its Block Party Fall Fundraiser Event on Sunday, September 18th, from 2:30 - 5:00 p.m. featuring an afternoon of local food and beer, Counterclockwise String Band, and activities for the entire family. The Museum will be shutting the street down in front of the house for food, music, and games, and the historic site will feature colonial period activities, hands-on-history, and house tours.  All proceeds benefit the educational programming at the JLMH and the preservation of the historic buildings. For more information, visit the Joel Lane Museum House website at, call (919) 833-3431, or e-mail  Admission:  $25 per person; $20 for members of the Joel Lane Historical Society; children under 12 free; Advanced purchase strongly suggested.  No refunds.
15). The N.C. Transportation Museum ( announces that tickets are now on sale for the 2016 Autumn Rails day-trip train excursions.  This year’s excursions will travel to Charlottesville, Va. on October 28th and Toccoa, Ga. on October 29th. For the past 10 years, the N.C. Transportation Museum has offered scenic day trips that combine railroading, history, travel, shopping, dining and fun. Trips feature sights only seen when traveling by rail, at a time when the vibrant colors of fall are at their peak. Trip options include vintage rail cars, Amtrak coaches, and dining options aboard the train. These one-day trips are presented by the N.C. Transportation Museum Foundation and the Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society and Museum, and act as fundraisers for both organizations. To learn more about trip schedule, seating and amenities, and online purchase options, please visit or call 704-636-2889 ext. 257 or 224.