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NCMC Events from Around the State... September 19, 2016

Posted: September 18, 2016, 7:58 pm

1). The Greensboro Science Center's ( annual gala, See to Believe, will take place on Friday, September 23rd from 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Each year, See to Believe presents a different celebratory theme that honors the GSC's new experiences, exhibits and/or milestones. This year, the theme is Blue Skies to Blueprints, where innovation will be embraced as blue sky plans are turned in to blueprints of reality.  A new "Where the Wild Things Are" online silent auction will offer unique opportunities designed to make dreams come true. Attendees will be invited to dance under the stars to the sounds of Six Stylez, a high-energy dance band playing a mix of old and new hits, or relax to the mellow melodies of Tracy Thornton on steel drums in the aquarium. Heavy hors d'oeuvres and a variety of beer and wine will be available for guests to enjoy as they create, explore and mingle. Tickets to See to Believe are $75 per person and are available online. Attendees must be age 21 or older. All proceeds from the event help fund the future of the Greensboro Science Center.

2).  The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher ( will offer programs tailored especially for individuals who are deaf or hearing impaired on Saturday, September 24th.  Sign language, captioning or scripting will enhance many of the activities of the day – animal feedings, live-animal presentations and films – and interpreters will assist visitors at selected exhibits. The dive program, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., will include an interpreter assisting with questions for the diver swimming inside the exhibit with sharks, rays and a green sea turtle. The aquarium presents Deaf Awareness Day with the assistance of the Regional Resource Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to draw attention to the needs and interests of the hearing-impaired.

3). The Matthews Heritage Museum ( is pleased to announce the opening of the next exhibit If Elected: Political Buttons and Memorabilia on September 24th in time for the final weeks of our presidential election. It will feature a collection of buttons, statuary, and other items that have been a part of presidential campaigns throughout the years. A wide variety of both democratic and republican memorabilia will be on display. Come and cast your vote for your favorite.  Among the earliest items is an elephant statue from the 1928 presidential election of Herbert Hoover. The exhibit will be on display through November 12, when our next president will be known. The Museum is open Thursday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission fee charged. First Saturday of every month is FREE.
4). Mount Airy Museum of Regional History ( invites you to join them for Downtown Mount Airy Ghost Tours  on Friday and Saturday , September 23rd and 24th at 8:00 p.m. Come for an exciting 90 minute, lantern-lit walking tour through Mount Airy's streets and its historic past. You will hear about 13 of our "less-mortal" friends and some of Mount Airy's "final" resting places. Tour begins at the Museum. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring your camera and umbrella, if needed. Tickets are $13.00. Prepaid reservations are required. Call 336-786-4478
5). Hands On! (, the children's museum in downtown Hendersonville, wants you to join them for Alphabet-mania September 20th - September 23rd!  Children and adults alike will enjoy using child friendly stamps to create names, phrases, and much more. Etowah Valley Veterinary Hospital sponsors this event which 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.
6). Charlotte Museum of History ( invites you to the opening reception for  Charlotte’s Road to RevolutionAn Exhibition of Original Oil Paintings by Dan Nance on Friday, September 23rd at 6:00 p.m. Charlotte native Dan Nance has been quietly painting scenes of American history for more than two decades. His paintings hang in national parks and heritage sites.  Starting Sept. 23, more Charlotteans will be able to see Nance’s work in a never-before-seen retrospective that tells the story of the Piedmont Backcountry and its role in the founding of our nation. The exhibition will be on display at The Charlotte Museum of History until June 15, 2017. FREE and open to the public. 
7). The Asheville Art Museum ( invites you to their new exhibition, Creating Change: Political Art from the Permanent Collection which is on view now through October 30th. The exhibition was organized by the Asheville Art Museum in conjunction with Dr. Kenneth Betsalel, Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina, Asheville. Related programs include: Art Break on Friday, September 30 at 12:00 p.m., with Dr. Kenneth Betsalel + Carolyn Grosch, and an Exhibition Reception on Friday, October 7, 5:00-8:00 p.m. Art Break is free with membership or Museum admission, and Exhibition Reception is Pay-as-you-wish admission (held in conjunction with the First Friday Art Walk).
8). High Point Museum Guild ( is hosting its first program this year in its series of programs on the history of the Greater High Point area on Wednesday, September 21st  at 10:00 a.m. at the Museum.  Brenda Haworth will the featured speaker and she will discuss Quaker Women. This program is free and open to all.  The Museum Guild welcomes new members to join and support the High Point Museum. Annual dues are $25 which helps to fund wonderful programs which are free except for the field trips as well as other Museum projects and exhibits. The High Point Museum, a division of the High Point Public Library, is dedicated to sharing Greater High Point’s history, providing perspective for current issues, and strengthening the sense of community.
9). Wrightsville Beach Museum of History ( invites plein air artists to participate in the Museum’s third plein air event.  To provide artists with a venue for plein air painting of this scenic, historic seaside town is an exciting opportunity. The public is invited to look for the artists as they paint across the expanse of Wrightsville Beach, rain or shine, and then come by the museum to purchase one of these freshly painted visions of the beach. 30% of the sales will support the museum. The event will take place Thursday, October 20 - Saturday, October 22. A Wet Paint Sale will take place from on Saturday, October 22 from 2:30 p.m.  – 4:30 p.m. on the lawn and porch of the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History. Artists must register prior to the event and will be limited to the first 30 artists that register and pay their registration fee. Artists are encouraged to register as soon as possible by calling the museum at 910-256- 2569.

10). New Winston Museum ( invites you to “Music in Winston-Salem” Salon Series, From Banjos to Blues: the Music of Early Winston, on Thursday, September 22nd from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Richard Emmett of the Blue Ridge Music Center will moderate a lively and entertaining discussion with gifted local performers and music historians about the musical history of our community. Featured panelists include: Elizabeth Carlson, Steve Terrill, Bob Carlin, and Big Ron Hunter. From the collision of African and European styles, to the racial segregation of musicians, to genres enforced by record companies, the music of the American South has a rich history. Host to an ever-increasing number of musicians, the music scene in newly incorporated Winston-Salem was no exception.