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June 7th - June 13th 2012

by Pam & Michael Davison

 Looks like its going to be another wonderful weekend!

Here are the highlights for this weekend. If you are looking for our complete list what's going on, go to www.Parkgeek.com click on "Event Search" and fill in the dates. Be sure to include Thursday through Sunday so you don't miss anything. Select the search button and start planning! See below for more...
 
Movies & Art at the Parks and Museums

Pop the popcorn, shake on the salt and melt the butter. There are even more great movies hitting the big screen this weekend! The fun starts Friday night over at Womble Park. As an outreach event, Hope Community Church is hosting the movie Rio along with an evening of family fun including live entertainment, food and themed activities.

The Muppets will be the featured flick over at the Morrisville Community Park Friday night.
 
The North Carolina Museum of Art will be showing Crazy Stupid Love on Friday night and Red Tails on Saturday night on the big screen at their outdoor amphitheater. Bring the kids on Wednesday for a double feature,Adventures of Owen & The Gruffalo.
 
Along with the movie Friday night, the NC Art Museum invites you to join them for Art in the Evening with live music by Ed Stephenson and an art exploration, The Thinker Through Time: From Nigeria to France.
 
Head on over to Bass Lake Park Friday night for a little friendly competition. Their monthly Family Bingo has become very popular so get their early to make sure you get a spot at the tables.
 
Art After Dark will bring local and artists and live music to several locations around Fuquay Varina.
 
Art After Hours is back in Downtown Wake Forest. The Downtown will come alive with food, merchants and music!
 
The annual Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music is back this Friday night at Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park. The evening includes a screening of the classic Julie Andrews film musical, complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along! Then there is a fancy-dress competition in which everyone who has come in costume is invited onto the stage to show off their fantastic tailoring skills.
 
Looking for a fun day trip Friday? Head on over to theNatural Science Center of Greensboro. It is an awesome hybrid of a science museum, children's museum and zoo just a little over an hour outside the Triangle. Friday is also World Oceans Day featuring face-painting, crafts and other fun activities related to our connection to the sea.
 
Music for Everyone at Outdoor Concerts

The Starlight Concert Series continues this Friday at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center withMozart by Moonlight with the Triangle Wind Ensemble.

Kick off the weekend with a picnic and an outdoor concert with the Classic Rock, Blues and R&B sounds of the GB4 Band at the Holly Springs Cultural Center.
 
Historic Oak View County Park is excited to bring the Raleigh Jazz Orchestra for some Jazz in the Park on Saturday. You are even invited to bring your instruments and sit in during the Jam Session!
 
Come enjoy the smooth Jazz sounds of Stanley Bairdwhile he Rocks the Park at the Pavilion at Durham Central Park on Saturday.
The Music of the Carolinas brings the bluegrass sounds of GrassStreet to the North Carolina Museum of History on Sunday afternoon.
 
Tight Squeeze will be the featured band for the Sunday in the Park Concert Series at Lake Wheeler.
 
Fun Festivals Around the Triangle

Second Saturdays through the summer will bring special activities at the State's 37 museums and historic sites. Enjoy a wide variety of herb and craft vendors, 19th century games for children, traditional herbal use displays, and an herb tasting party at the Herb, Garden, and Craft Festival at Duke Homestead Historic Site.

They will be Celebrating NC Sports at the The North Carolina Museum of History. The event will feature sports demonstrations, opportunities to test your skills, real athletes to talk to, a treasure hunt, sports trivia and taste testing.
 
Experience what life was like for the citizens of Raleigh living on the Civil War Home Front in the summer of 1862. Activities at the State Capitol include: a soldiers' relief concert, infantry drilling, military recruitment speeches, bandage rolling, quilting demos and children's games.
 
Over at Bennett Place Historic Site, you are invited toJoin the Calvary and learn what the cavalryman did during the American Civil War.
 
Period-costumed living historians will demonstrate how soldiers made meals, maintained their weapons and uniforms and trained for battle at Bentonville State Historic Site as they explore Civil War Camp Life.
 
The NC Museum of Art joins in the 2nd Saturday spirit with a Family Fun Saturday focusing on the Power of Patterns. Join them for a tour of the Park and art making inspired by outdoor spaces.
 
There are events going on at all 37 State Historic Sites, but three more I wanted to mention because they that would make a fun day trip are Our Musical Past, a music festival at Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens, Battleship 101 on the Battleship North Carolina and Model Military at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area.
 
In addition to their monthly open house, Eno River State Park invites you to join them for Colonial Game Day at the Historic Piper Cox House. Come explore the restored house and see games that were used during the earlier times.
 
Durham's tobacco heritage is explored through the stories and experiences of Durham residents on aTobacco Heritage Walking Tour Saturday morning.
 
Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park will be offering Mill Heritage & Local History Tours to give you an opportunity to explore the inner workings of the fully restored grist mill.
 
Saturday is Family Fun Day in Downtown Hillsborough. The festivities will feature a pancake breakfast at the Eno River Farmers Market, Children's craft activities,book readings, Second Saturday Historic Guided Walking Tours, Scavenger hunts and a movie.
 
The North Carolina State Fairgrounds will host a Gem & Jewelry Show all weekend.
 
Come out early to the Raleigh State Farmers Market Saturday for Crawfish Day. The popular annual event always sells out quickly.
 
Hikes & Programs in the Parks

The State Parks will be busy this weekend. William B. Umstead State Park invites you to go Looking for Lizzards. Jordan Lake State Recreation Area invites kids out every Saturday

for C.A.S.T, a introduction to fishing, and everyone to take a Canoe Hike. On Sunday at Eno River State Park, kids are welcome to explore the topic of Animal Grossology.

Join Tony D'Amico as he shares his historical perspective about the American Tobacco Trail.

 

 

 

 

 

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