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November 13th - November 19th 2014 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and the holiday buzz is already in the stores! This weekend is the last weekend before the holiday season officially kicks into gear in the Triangle with parades and seasonal events.

 

The RMI Raleigh Benefit Hunter/Jumper Horse Show at the State Fairgrounds started Wednesday and runs through Sunday. Spectator Admission is free and the event will even feature a Pairs Costume Class on Friday night and a Grand Prix Hunter-Jumper competition Saturday night.

 

Swing by the NC State Farmers Market Friday at lunchtime to celebrate Colossal Collard Day! There will be samples, recipes and lots of fresh local collards. While you are there, you can stock up on all the fruits and vegetables you need for your holiday meals
 
Science Thursday at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will feature extended hours and a Science Cafe with Director of the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries talking about One Fish, Two fish, Red Fish, Bluefish.
 
Step back in time this month at Historic Oak View County Park and enjoy Pecan Pickin' Month.
 
The Burwell School Historic Site and St. Matthew's Episcopal Church come together for the 12th year to perform Charles Dickens' tale, A Christmas Carol. Tickets are on sale now for the December 18th and 19th performances.
 
The Holiday Express at Pullen Park will be running December 4th-7th & 11th-14th. Advanced tickets are on sale and sell out early so get your tickets now.
 
Fairs & Festivities

Fossil Fair, the nation's largest event dedicated to paleontology, puts the latest science and breaking discoveries on display. Festivities abound with dozens of displays, activities and presentations by paleontologists from North Carolina and around the world Saturday at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park will be buzzing with activities this weekend including Corn Grinding Demonstrations Saturday and Sunday, Clothiers, Mercers and Haberdashers and the highly anticipated Yates Mill Associates' Holiday Sale on Saturday.
 
Decorate your home for the holidays and find fabulous gifts for friends, including ornaments, gourd bird houses, jewelry, stationery, knitted goods and nature-focused gifts at Saturday's Garden Guild Holiday Craft Sale at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens.
 
The NC State Fairgrounds will host a Business & Opportunities Expo featuring Shop NC, a health & wellness fair, local social enterprises, educational workshops, and local magician/entertainer on Saturday.
 
The Carolina Collector Auto Fest, a swap meet with more than 125 vendors, car corral for buying and selling and Car/Truck shows will be open at the Fairgrounds Friday through Sunday.
 
The Original Coin & Currency Show returns to the Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday.
 
Great Fall Fun
 
Bring your binoculars and join Eno River State Park Rangers for a relaxing morning outing Friday morning for some Birdwatching. Friday afternoon, Let's Talk Turkey will delve into wild turkey behavior, adaptations, and the story of their recovery in the wild. Come back after dark for some Friday Night Stargazing.

 

Explore the monadnock, AKA "leftover mountain" that is called Occoneechee Mountain on a guided Morning Hike Saturday.
 
Adults are invited to explore Mass Extinction and Endangered Species Saturday at Lake Crabtree County Park. This program counts for continuing education credits for those working on their NC Environmental Education Certification.
 
In honor of America Recycles Day, learn the ins and outs of plastics recycling; then create a cool ornament, backpack tag, or pendant out of a repurposed plastic food tray to take home Saturday at Blue Jay Point County Park.
 
Step back into history with a Volunteer Docent as you explore the Historic Piper Cox House Saturday afternoon at Eno River State Park. You can also take an Owl Prowl Saturday afternoon or a Power Hike early Sunday morning.
 
Take a History Hike Saturday afternoon to learn about the historical significance of the American Tobacco Trail and its early beginnings.
 
In addition to their weekly Citizen Science Saturday's, Prairie Ridge Ecostation for Wildlife Learning invites you to join them Saturday to learn how they Trap Mammals on Camera.
 
Art & Culture
 
In Combination with 2nd Friday Art Walk, Live & Local Music & Art on the Plaza brings the Eric Hirsh Jazz Quartet to the outdoor stage.
Traditional Dance Caller, Connie Carringer will host a Family Dance for your whole family accompanied by a live old-time string band Friday evening at the Halle Cultural Arts Center.
 
The North Carolina Museum of Art kicks off the weekend Friday night with Art in the Evening featuring tunes by the Hey Brothers and an in-depth exploration of Updating an Ancient Story. Stay to enjoy the 1947 movie Secret Beyond the Door.
 
2nd Friday Artwalkwalk is back this weekend to Downtown Carrboro along with Light Up Carrboro. There will be luminaries, a tree lighting, live music and hot cider.
 
Art After Dark also returns to Fuquay Varina Friday night.
 
Historic Preservation Society of Durham docents will lead a Civil Rights Legacy Walking Tour focusing on sites in downtown Durham that were important in the 1950's and 60's Civil Rights movement Saturday.
 
Come to the North Carolina Museum of Art for a Family Fun Saturday all about Symbolic Staffs. They will also be offering a Meet Your Museum Tour of the 164-acre campus and a Guided Tour of their Small Treasures exhibit both Saturday and Sunday.
 
Learn about electricity and harness the Power of Potatoes Sunday at Marbles Kids Museum. Bring the whole family for an extended afternoon of discounted play for Twilight $2 Thursdays.
 
A Fun Day Trip
 
If you are looking for a fun day trip outside the Triangle, the Natural Science Center of Greensboro is a great destination. The Museum is an awesome blend of children's museum, science center, an outdoor zoo and the Carolina Sciquarium. With lots of hands on exploratory opportunities for little ones, science shows and displays for older kids, a beautiful outdoor area with a wide variety of animals in natural habitats, and live sharks, penguins, fishing cats, stingrays and exotic fish, the center can keep the whole family engaged. The museum also sits adjacent to a large park and lake which make for a great picnic opportunity.

 

In addition to the wide variety of museum exhibits, they boast the Omnisphere Dome Theater. For the entire month of November the Omnisphere Special reduces admission to all 3D shows is $2 and admission to all full-dome shows is $1. Their holiday shows start Saturday and run through December 28th. Laser Holidays combines festive holiday music with an amazing laser light show that dances across the OmniSphere Theater"s 40-foot dome and The Light Before Christmas tells the tale of two children that are magically transported into the classic tale, "The Night Before Christmas'. Both holiday shows are shown daily.

 

 

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