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July 12th - July 18th 2012

by Pam & Michael Davison

 Wonderful Summer weather lends itself to having fun with friends and family. With such an amazing variety of events going on this weekend, from movies and concerts to hikes and history programs, I hope you can find something to do to make this weekend part of your summer to remember.

The Farmers Markets are in full swing now. Just about every town in the Triangle has its own Farmer's Market Saturday morning and several have weekday times, too. Go to the Event Search at Parkgeek.com and plug in Farmer's Market and we will give you all the details so you can bring home some local honey or some just picked tomatoes. Head on over to the State Farmers Market in Raleigh on Thursday at lunchtime for Peach Day.
 
The LoMo Mobile Market will be at the American Tobacco Campus every Thursday afternoon starting this week.
 
The State Fair is still several months away, but there will be a Coin & Stamp Show at the State Fairgrounds this weekend along with the 4-H Horse Show.
 
Tuesday night at the Daily Planet Cafe at the Nature Research Center of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, you are invited to join Dr. Steve McNulty for Science Cafe. This month's lecture/discussion will focus on climate change.
 
Looking for a fun thing to do midweek with the kids? The North Carolina Museum of Art invites you to check out their Wednesday Family Films and Drop in Studio. Each week is a different theme. We went this week and really enjoyed making an Egyptian craft and seeing the amazing movie Mysteries of the Nile. Next week's theme is Dream Catchers and the films are dreamy classics about characters exploring worlds and capturing our imaginations. In addition to the craft and film, they also supply ideas and activities to do in the galleries on your own.
 
History comes alive for Second Saturday
 

This weekend marks Second Saturday at all 37 of North Carolina's Historic Sites. There are free activities throughout the state and several right here in the Triangle. Did you know that North Carolina's State Library is celebrating its 200th anniversary? Join staff from the State Capitol and State Library for special tours of the recreated library on the third floor of the Capitol and see an exhibit of rare books from the library's earliest days.

 

At Bennett Place Historic Site they will be sharing the history of the textile industry in North Carolina. Living historians will demonstrate the carding of wool, sewing, cooking over the open hearth and gardening. 
 
Food and art are the themes of the day at the Duke Homestead Historic Site. This festival will include a barbecue cook-off and juried competition for homemade pies. Throughout the day, visitors can enjoy historical cooking demonstrations as well as art and craft vendors throughout the site
 
Woodworker Louis Sachs will be making beautiful bowls on a lathe at the North Carolina Museum of History. Not only can you watch the artist at work, but you can also make your own craft from wood during a Make it, Take it  program.
 
The theme for Bentonville State Historic Site is "From Slaves to Soldiers: The African American Experience during the Civil War." The days events will include presentations on African Americans in the Civil War, how food was prepared for slaves and African Stories and Dance.
 
For a day trip outside the Triangle, you can celebrate Tryon Palace's history and the crafts of our past with special tours, craft demonstrations, and local artist displays. Or you can head over to Wilmington to the Battleship North Carolina where they will have volunteers stationed throughout the ship to discuss gunnery, radar, sickbay, galley, engineering, and daily shipboard life.
 
Along with two historic sites in Durham, you can take a Tobacco Heritage Walking Tour Saturday morning starting in Durham's Central Park.
 
Come check out Wake County's only remaining mill and explore the inner workings of the mill itself as you witness the power of water as it turns the milling machinery during a Mill Heritage & Local History Tour at Yates Mill County Park.
 
Celebrate the Museum of Life and Science Dinosaur Trail's anniversary with a Saturday full of fossils and fun. Meet local collectors from the North Carolina Fossil Club, talk with paleontology experts, find your own fossils or make fossil casts at their annual Dino Days.
 
Music to Fill the Air
 

Start your weekend off Thursday night will another Oak City 7 Concert in Downtown Raleigh. This week's line up includes The Broadcast, Chris Hendericks Band and Crooked Fingers.

 

The Page-Walker Arts & History Center will host Craicdown Friday night for a concert of music with deep acoustic roots, but a high energy, rock inspired flare.
Adrian Duke will be the featured artist for a Warehouse Blues Concert Friday night at Durham Central Park.
 
The Fuquay-Varina Arts Council presents their monthly Art After Dark in downtown Fuquay-Varina. Enjoy live music, local artwork, an Artist and Crafter's Market, and a variety of creative events featuring the Arts in various forms.
 
On the second Friday night of each month the streets of Downtown Wake Forest come alive with food, merchants and music for Art After Hours.
 
For the first time, the American Dance Festival Musicians Concert will be held as part of the American Tobacco Music on the Lawn series. Join them Friday night for a free concert that will feature various genres of music and promises to have everyone dancing.
 
Ed Stephenson will be playing for Art in the Evening at the North Carolina Museum of Art. You can also join a Museum docent for a casual, in-depth exploration of American Heros like Benjamin Franklin, Harriet Tubman and John Calhoun.
 
Join the Triangle Brass Band for "Pops in the Park" Friday night at Cary's Sertoma Amphitheater. The area's premier adult brass band will perform an audience-pleasing selection of marches, musicals, light classical music and traditional brass band tunes.
 
Katie Garfield will be the featured musician for this week's Sunday in the Park Concert at Lake Johnson Park.
 
DJ Piddipat will spin old school and r&b music from her prodigious music collection Sunday evening at the Pavillion at Durham Central Park. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, a picnic and dance the night away.
 
Join Dancing in the Park every Monday at Chavis Community Center to celebrate fitness and raise awareness to reduce cardio-vascular disease and obesity.
 
Movies at the Parks & Museums
 

This is another great weekend for fun outdoor flicks! Friday night, brings Bridesmaids to the Booth Amphitheater at Regency Park.

 

Rio will be playing Friday night down at Falcon Park along with free popcorn.
 
The Muppets will be the Locally Grown Movie shown Thursday night atop the Wallace Parking Deck in downtown Chapel Hill. Come enjoy free popcorn, crafts, activities, trivia & costume contests.
 
Holly Springs Cultural Center will be showing Ratatouille Saturday Morning.
Friday night at Bass Lake Park you are invited to bring the whole family for some Family Bingo.
 
Fun at the Parks
 

Meet your friendly neighborhood Creatures of the Night at Eno River State Park Friday night. Spend the evening watching and listening for bats. Come back Saturday to explore the historic Piper Cox House. On Sunday, join a naturalist on a short hike and learn to identify Animal Tracks & SCAT.

 

The summer skies are perfect for viewing the stars. Utilize the open views at Lake Michie Friday night to enjoy the Starry Starry Night.
 
Explore the morning mists at Lake Crabtree County Park Saturday morning with them as they search for Waterbirds like herons, cormorants, and eagles. Come to the park Sunday and learn how to Garden for Wildlife.
 
Join an arborist on a stroll through the Walnut Creek Wetland on Saturday while you learn to use an identification key and field guide to identify some native Wetland Trees.
 
Take a Family Twilight Hike with a park naturalist at Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve Saturday night to explore the woods and fields and look for deer, coyotes, owls, toads, moths and lightning bugs.
 
Join a Ranger paddling the area of water known as Beaver Creek Monday evening over at Jordan Lake for a Canoe Hike.
 
Bring your own fishing pole or borrow one of theirs through the Tackle Loaner Program on several summer Wednesdays at Lake Crabtree County Park. Crabtree Casters will explore basic fishing skills for the whole family, provide bait and give you the opportunity to enjoy an evening of fishing fun.

 

 

 

 

 

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