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July 10th - July 16th 2014 Triangle

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 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 State Fair is still several months away, but there will be a Gem & Jewelry Show at the State Fairgrounds this weekend along with a Horse Show.
This week is also Twilight $2 Thursdays at Marbles Kids Museum. Extended hours and discounted admission make Marbles a great destination for a Thursday evening. Also this weekend at Marbles, You can join them for Project Dance with American Dance Festival on Friday afternoon and a Green Energy Workshop: Wild About Water on Sunday.
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 and this week will be celebrating Latin American Culture.
Prairie Ridge Ecostation for Wildlife and Learning invites you to bring the kids out on Tuesdays for Nature Play Days. Each week is a different topic to explore through hands on nature. This week will be Mud Pies! They also host Nature Stories every Thursday morning.
July is the month of a Thousand Blue Butterflies at the Museum of Life and Science. This month they plan to release a thousand new Blue Morpho butterflies! Come enjoy the daily butterfly releases which will create a total immersion experience and chat with their team of entomologists.
Take the 10,000 Scoops Challenge Tuesday lunchtime at Moore Square. Denali Flavors has partnered with PET Dairy to host a FREE ice cream social. For every scoop of FREE ice cream eaten, Denali Flavors will donate $1 to The Salvation Army to support ongoing programs
Festivals & Thursday Fun
Traditional Dance Caller, Connie Carringer will teach Squares, Circles, the Appalachian, and more for the whole family at this Thursday's Family Dance at the Halle Cultural Arts Center.
They will be groovin' to the hip hop sounds of Toon & The Real Laww Thursday night over at the CCB Plaza.
Science Thursday at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences will include a Science Cafe Lecture on Superbugs, and classes on Snake Identification, Computer Programming and Fungus. The lecture is free, but there is a fee for the classes.
Oak City 7 is back this Thursday with a whole night of music. The lineup includes King's X, Black Map, Minor Stars, Cousins and Jon Sebastian.
Saturday is the annual Durham Bulls All-Star Fan Fest & Block Party. Take batting practice on the field, get behind-the-scenes tours of the ballpark, and participate in other activities. The Baseball Project, a baseball-focused rock supergroup will be performing along side food trucks and craft beer tents.
Duke Homestead Historic invites you to their annual Pork Peanuts & Pickles Festival. Visitors can enjoy historic cooking demonstrations, and browse their local arts and crafts vendors.

Music to Fill the Air

Jon Shain, Melissa Swingle & The River Otters will kick off the Warehouse Blues Concert Series Friday at Durham Central Park.

The Starlight Concert Series at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center brings Barrowburn to the stage Friday night in Cary.
The Josh Pepper Band will be playing their unique twist on Country and Blues at the Holly Springs Cultural Center Friday night.
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.
Downtown Carrboro will come alive with live music and other art related entertainment for 2nd Friday Artwalkwalk.
The Beast 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 Identity.
Bass Lake Park will host an evening of Family Bingo Friday night and an adults only 60 Seconds Or Less Game Night Saturday evening.
The Mountain Birch Duo will be playing a set packed full of fabulous old songs from the Southern mountains and the Piedmont to Sertoma Amphitheater Saturday evening.
Adrian Duke will be Rocking the Park Saturday night at Duke Park.
Craicdown will be performing its unique version of World Acousticana in Downtown Cary Saturday.
Triangle Taiko will be demonstrating their amazing Japanese Drumming Sunday night at Fred Fletcher Park.

Movies & Museums

Pack a picnic and bring the kids to Regency Park Friday night for kid favorite, The Lego Movie.

Also presenting a kid favorite, the North Carolina Museum of Art will be showing Frozen on Friday night on their huge outdoor screen.
Come check out the new Apex Nature Park Saturday after dark for the movie RoboCop.
Holly Springs Cultural Center will be showing Rataouille Saturday Morning. Come back Monday morning for The Incredibles.
Explore Durham's tobacco heritage through the stories and experiences of Durham residents during Saturday's Tobacco Heritage Walking Tour.
Artist at Work, Andy Sterlen will be demonstrating his tailoring skills on an 18th-century coat Saturday at the North Carolina Museum of History. Then you can Sew a Stitch yourself.
Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park invites visitors to take a peek inside the fully restored mill during a Saturday at the Mill Tour or a Mill Heritage & Local History Tour on Sunday.
Fun at the Parks
Come learn about Macroinvertebrates in the Morning early Saturday at Lake Crabtree County Park. Come back Sunday to learn If the Water is Safe?

Learn interesting facts about our local lizards while lurking and looking around for lizards and laboring on a lizard craft during Saturday's Family Wildlife Series at Blue Jay Point County Park.
Your invited to a Pollinator Party at Raven Rock State Park Saturday. There will be fun educational activities, a local beekeeper with live bees, face painting, and butterfly & bee arts & crafts. Also Saturday, take the Monthly Mileage Hike and go behind the scenes into areas of the park not often seen by everyday park visitors.
On Saturday, Eno River State Park invites you to take a Morning Hike out to the Pump Station, Nature Story Time at the Ford and an Insect Safari. Come back Sunday to learn about Spiders, to take a Butterfly Hike, go looking for Water Bugs or take a Morning Hike out to Cox Mountain.
Come on out to the Eagle Observation Deck Saturday at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area and join a park ranger for talks on eagles, waterfowl and the lake. You can help them take a Bald Eagle Count on Sunday.
Wake Audubon Society will be leading Bird Hikes Saturday at William B. Umstead State Park.
Meet Crowder District Park staff Saturday on the boardwalk to study the many animals and insects that live in the Pond. They will be exploring the Wonderful Wetlands on Sunday.
Learn the importance of Wetlands for Waterfowl Sunday afternoon along the American Tobacco Trail.









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