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May 27th - June 2nd

by Michael & Pam Davison

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! May your weekend be full of fun, relaxation and cookouts! Remember, if you are looking for a great park to play at this weekend, go to, click on Parks and check off the activities or amenities you are looking for. We will give you a list of parks that match your request with pictures and a map to get you there. Could planning a great Memorial Day Picnic get any easier? For more info on everything going on, go to click on "Event Search" and fill in the dates. Be sure to include Friday through Monday so you don't miss anything. Select the search button and start planning! See below for more... Memorial Day Observations: Memorial Day is about remembering and honoring those who served our nation. There will be a wonderful event on Monday keeping the meaning of the Holiday in mind. A military encampment will be set up on the State Capitol grounds. A wreath-laying ceremony in honor of those North Carolinians who served during times of war will take place at the Veterans' Monument. Bennett Place will also honor our fallen soldiers with living history programs throughout the day focusing on the American Civil War. Fun at the Parks: Learn how to identify the Frogs of Lake Crabtree by their calls. You'll go on a hike through the monitoring area of the park to look for tree frogs. They will be Going Batty over at the American Tobacco Trail. Through bat games and a walk in search of bats flying around, you will learn all about these little mammals that do us such a great service! If you would like to see a wide array of exotic birds, the North Carolina State Fairgrounds will be hosting a Bird Fair this weekend. Campers, boaters, and park visitors at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area are invited to attend Severe Weather SKYWARN Spotter Training offered by the National Weather Service. Learn how and why buildings fail in high winds, thunderstorm severity and development, storm cloud events, cloud structure, and lightening dynamics and threats. Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park invites you to join them for a Mill Heritage Tour. The tours incorporate a discussion about the Mill's business and social history, some background on the mill's owners and a guided tour of the first floor of the fully restored mill. The tours will run both Saturday and Sunday. If you haven't been over to Yates Mill County Park, it is a great weekend destination. The interpretive center has wonderful displays explaining how the mill worked and the wildlife that lives in the park. The mill is beautiful and there are some great trails and flower gardens around the park. First-time visitors or park veterans are welcome to join It's Your Park, a program to introduce the unique qualities of Eno River State Park through a hike. Using live specimens, the Naturalist at Eno River State Park will teach visitors about the Eno Reptiles. Or, at Eno River State Park, you can go on a Birdwatching hike. Join park staff for a Canoe Tour of Lake Crabtree. Learn basic paddling techniques, look for birds and other wildlife along the shore, and see the park from a new perspective. Are you looking to be a little more spontaneous? Pre-registration not really your thing? The Triangle has several beautiful lakes that offer boat rentals so you can enjoy the serenity of the water at your own pace. Bass Lake Park, Durant Nature Park, Bond Park, Lake Benson, Lake Crabtree Park, Lake Johnson Park, Umstead State Park and Lake Wheeler all offer seasonal boat rental and they are all open for business this weekend! Music & Movies: The Summer at the Springs Concert Series starts up this Friday night on the outdoor stage of the Holly Springs Cultural Center. Bring some chairs and pack a picnic dinner as you enjoy the R&B sounds of the Mystique Band. The Music on Main Concert Series also starts up this weekend in Downtown Garner. The band Brickhouse will be heating things up. Thursday at lunchtime, you can stop by the Spring Fling at the State Farmers Market. There will be free food samples, Miss NC, face painting, prizes and much more! The Auditions were last week and the Teen Talent Show will be Friday night at the Carrboro Century Center. The featured family flick at the Holly Springs Cultural Center will be Curious George 2. The Natural Science Center of Greensboro will offer spectacular evening showings of Laser Beatles. The laser light will dance across the 40 foot dome of the OmniSphere Theater as audiences are entertained by hits from the Beatles. Holiday Weekend in Wilmington: If you are one of the lucky ones heading east to the coast, we wanted to let you know about some fun stuff going on this weekend in the Wilmington Area. There are several events taking place this Memorial Day Weekend on the deck of the Battleship North Carolina. Fabulous Fantail Family Film Classics invite you to enjoy "The Wizard of Oz" on the deck of the Ship, just like her crew did in WW II. Tickets are only $2 and popcorn and soda will be for sale. The Battleship will be hosting the Annual Memorial Day Observance. Remember those who gave their lives in service and honor veterans at a traditional Memorial Day Observance featuring a military guest speaker, an all-service Color Guard, a 21-gun salute by a Marine Corps Honor Guard, military band, Taps, and a memorial wreath cast onto the waters. Wilmington's downtown will be hopping, too! The Orange Street Arts Festival will be in full swing this weekend featuring everything from watercolor to pottery to jewelry. In addition to plenty of art, there will be continuous entertainment to keep you in the festive mood. Carolina Beach will be holding a Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday aw well as a Farmers Market & Art Show on Saturday. After dark, you can enjoy live entertainment, fireworks and the movie Avatar.


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