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June 17th - 23rd

by Michael & Pam Davison

This weekend's forecast is calling for HEAT! It sure will feel like Summer. Whether you plan to get out and enjoy the sunshine or stay inside where it is cool, there is plenty to do this weekend.
Happy Father's Day! Take some time this weekend to celebrate all those hard working dads. The North Carolina Zoo invites you to come stroll their shady paths. If you go to their website, you can download a discount admission coupon for Father's day. While you are there, check out their new exhibit, Lemur Island.
Marble Kid's Museum is also celebrating with Dig and Build with Dad. The whole day will be dedicated to designing and building. They promise LOADS of things to dig, doze, build and smoosh.
Join the park staff out at Lake Crabtree County Park for Father's Day on the Lake. It will be a vigorous and informative paddle around Lake Crabtree.
Wake Forest will be hosting a Father's Day Downtown Scavanger Hunt. The fun starts Saturday morning in the shops around downtown and will culminate with the Grand Prize Winner taking home over $100 worth of downtown gift certificates.
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For more info on everything going on, go to www.Parkgeek.com click on "Event Search" and fill in the dates. Be sure to include Friday through Sunday so you don't miss anything. Select the search button and start planning!
Movies at the Parks and Museums 
Get out a blanket and the bug spray and head on out to watch an evening movie under the stars. There are even more great movies hitting the big screen this weekend! The fun starts Thursday with the Movies by Moonlight series at Regency Park. The feature film will be Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
The North Carolina Museum of Art invites you to bring your kids out Saturday night to the Theater in the Museum Park for the movie Monsters vs Aliens.
Just in time for summer, the Holly Springs Cultural Center will be showing Surf's Up for their Saturday morning free family movie.
Music for Everyone at Outdoor Concerts
The Summer Concert Series at Lake Benson Park starts up this weekend with a free concert by Marcus Anderson, the Capital Jazz Fest Challenge Winner.
Third Friday is back in Downtown Durham. Head on downtown for a Gallery Crawl, live music and other entertainment.
A Sunday night concert is a great way to wind down the weekend. Head on over to Fred Fletcher Park with your Dad to enjoy the sounds of Down By Avalon.
Wednesday, the North Carolina Art Museum continues their Children's Performance Series with African Trickster Tales with The Barefoot Puppets. While you are there, you are welcome to join in on the Drop-In Crafts.
Fun Festivals Around the Triangle
From Paintings to pork, there are some great festivals this weekend! Hillsborough Hog Day is an annual celebration offering family fun, good food, live music, crafters, merchandise vendors, games and rides, and the area's largest classic auto show. The fun starts Friday night when 36 pig cooking teams roll up their sleeves and start cooking to the sounds of live music. Saturday just keeps getting better with activities for everyone and plenty of southern pork barbecue. Live music, a children's stage, vendors, more than 75 crafters and antique cars and tractors make Hillsborough Hog Day Orange County's largest festival and one you won't want to miss.
Do you enjoy classic cars, rockin' music and great American food in a charming, downtown setting? Kick off your weekend with the Downtown Fuquay-Varina Cruise In.
Come on out to the Bull City Chili Challenge. The annual event features sampling and judging of a wide selection of tasty chili showcasing local Durham restaurants and produce.
The Historic Preservation Society of Durham docents will lead a 45 minute Civil Rights Legacy Walking Tour focusing on sites in downtown Durham that were important in the 1950's and 1960's Civil Rights Movement.

 

More Fun Things at the Parks and Fairgrounds

As the sun goes down, you are invited on a Sunset Hike at Occoneechee or a Sounds of the Night Hike at Eno River State Park. During the day, there will also be a Geology Hike on Occoneechee Mountain to explore the pyrophyllite quarry with a real geologist!

 

After the stars come out, astronomers from Morehead Planetarium will be out at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area for a Skywatching Session.
If you are interested in obtaining a hunting license, Bass Lake Park will be offering the the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission's Hunter Education Course this weekend.
Great Blue Herons are commonly seen along the shoreline of Lake Crabtree. Learn more about the life history of these mysterious birds and get a chance to view an active rookery in a program called the Hidden Life of Herons.
They will be having some Old-Time Fishing Fun at Historic Yates Mill Park. Learn about North Carolina's native freshwater fish, try your hand at cane pole fishing and make a fish craft to take home. While you are there, take a Corn Grinding Tour of the meticulously restored grist mill.
The State Fairgrounds will be hosting a Quarter Horse Show and a Coin & Stamp Show.
In addition to these events listed, there are several other events going on throughout the Triangle. For more information on everything going on, go to www.Parkgeek.com and start planning! I hope to see you out there.

Sincerely,

Michael & Pam Davison


 

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