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November 12th - 18th 2015 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 Grand Prix on Friday night and an International Hunter Derby Saturday night.

Science Thursday at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will feature extended hours and a Science Cafe exploring the Amazing World of Electric Fish.

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 13th year to perform Charles Dickens' tale, A Christmas Carol. Tickets are on sale now for the December 17th and 18th performances.

The Holiday Express at Pullen Park will be running December 6th-8th & 13th-15th. Advanced tickets are on sale and sell out early so get your tickets now.

Fairs & Festivities


PaleoPalooza, 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 feature the last Corn Grinding Demonstrations of the season Saturday and Sunday. Kids 7 and up are invited to join them Monday for Bread, A Slice of Science.

More than 100 Craftsmen Featuring a Large Variety of Handcrafted Items will be at the Raleigh's Farmers Market Friday through Sunday along with all the great local fall produce to help you kick start your holiday shopping for their Fall Craft Fair.

The NC State Fairgrounds and Train Strongman, LLC bring the NC Strength Challenge & NC Super Total to the Scott Building this Saturday. Come witness the North Carolina Strongest Man contest and Crossfit Super Total Challenge.

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 Carolina Coin & Currency Show returns to the Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday.

The Raleigh Aquarium Society presents the 2015 annual Fall Carolina Aquarium Auction at the State Fairgrounds this Sunday offering a wide variety of fish, plants, and hardware items.

The Fall Arts Fair Saturday at Raleigh's Sertoma Arts Center will feature a collaboration of Pullen and Sertoma arts center artists including jewelers, painters, potters and more along with live music and food trucks.

Sunday marks the second Durham Community Day in November at the Museum of Life & Science. Durham County residents with ID can enjoy free admission all day!

Great Fall Fun for the Whole Family

Come enjoy a Fall Foliage Hike Friday morning and take an easy 1.2 mile hike along an Occoneechee Mountain trail and then make a fall leaf craft. Come back Friday afternoon to enjoy a Sunset Hike.

Bring your binoculars to Eno River State Park early Friday morning for some Birdwatching and to see what birds are passing through on their way to their wintering grounds.

They will be going on a Seasonal Scavenger Hunt Friday night at Crowder District Park. Bring the whole family and enjoy a crisp autumn night searching for clues focused on nature and night time critters. You will also get to sip on hot apple cider and make a fall craft! Sunday afternoon, they will be Giving Thanks investigating where our favorite Thanksgiving Foods come from, peeking at corn under microscopes and hand lenses, learning the difference between fruits and veggies, and making a Thanksgiving craft.

Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve also invites you to come to the park after dark Friday for their monthly Astronomy Night. Come back to the park Saturday for a Twilight Walk to observe which park residents are active right around sunset or shortly after.

Harris Lake County Park invites you to take a Wagon Ride to the Longleaf Forest for Bird Watching Saturday morning with a Wake Audubon Society board member.

Get Wild about Wildlife Saturday at Blue Jay Point County Park as you hunt for signs that tell you what animals live at the park.

Join an Umstead Park Ranger to learn how to read a map and compass during Saturday afternoon's Basic Land Navigation program. Kids are invited to join the Ranger Sunday afternoon to make some Crafty Critters.

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area will be holding their Sky Watching Session with Morehead Planetarium and Science Center Educators Saturday after dark.

Learn about Creating Compost at Lake Crabtree's free seminar Sunday afternoon.

Art and Culture!

2nd Friday Art Walk returns to Downtown Carrboro. Many of the galleries will have live music and other art related entertainment.

Second Friday of the month also brings Art After Hours to Downtown Wake Forest as the streets come alive with food, merchants and music!

The North Carolina Museum of Art kicks off the weekend Friday night with Art in the Evening featuring acoustic tunes by Sidecar Social Club and an in-depth exploration of Paying Attention.

Bring the kids back to the NC Museum of Art Saturday for Story Time. You are also invited to take a Weekend Family Friendly Tour or a Meet Your Museum Tour either Saturday or Sunday. These are re-occuring events at the Museum of Art every weekend.

The Holly Springs Cultural Center will feature The Lego Movie Saturday morning. The will be showing Beethoven Monday morning.

Historic Preservation Society of Durham docents will lead a Durham Tobacco Heritage Walking Tour exploring Durham's tobacco heritage through the stories and experiences of Durham residents Saturday morning.

Let's Have a Funky Good Time at the North Carolina Museum of History Sunday afternoon. Members of The Monitors, a popular jazz band, will sample parts of songs they recorded with James Brown while also talking about their experiences with Roberta Flack, Major Lance, Millie Jackson, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, and others.

Despicable Me will be the featured flick Tuesday morning at the Halle Cultural Arts Center.

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.


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