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November 10th - November 16th 2011

by Pam & Michael Davison

The leaves are all coming down quickly now. I hope you have had a chance to get out and enjoy the crisp air, sunshine and incredible fall colors.

Friday is Veterans Day. Downtown Raleigh will commemorate the holiday with a Veterans Day Parade and Holly Springs invites you to an observance at Veterans Park. The Carolina Alumni Memorial on the UNC Campus will also host a Veterans Day Ceremony with ROTC cadets and midshipmen.

With the holidays just around the corner, we at ParkGeek are excited to be your source for local parades, tree lightings and holiday events. Monday kicks off the holiday festivities with the ticket sales for the Santa Train at the Museum of Life and Science. Last year's event sold out in only four days so plan ahead and get your tickets now. Click through for the prices and event times.
 

Fall Fun Throughout the Triangle

 

Saturday marks Pecan Pickin' Day at Historic Oak View County Park. The pecan harvest goes in a two year cycle so this year's crop may be light. There will also be activities for kids, samples and lots of information about one of our native crops.

 

 

Are you ready to start your holiday shopping? The Fall Craft Fair at the Raleigh's Farmers Market will feature over 100 craftsmen with an enormous array of handcrafted items.
Spend some time out in the crisp fall air Saturday morning helping Durham Central Park get ready for winter during a Volunteer Workday. Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve also invites you to pitch in with some trail maintenance for their Volunteer Workday.
Fall into the Harvest Season at the Museum of Life & Science with a Fall Harvest. The whole family will enjoy a variety of hands on activities and local experts who will share information on green living.
Explore Durham's tobacco heritage through the stories and experiences of Durham residents while you take a Tobacco Heritage Walking Tour Saturday morning.
Join NCSU Park, Recreation and Tourism students and park staff as they lead a jam packed 2 hours of fun at Harris Lake County Park Sunday afternoon. By Land and by Lake will include canoeing, an obstacle course, crafts and a hayride.
 
Great Outdoor Fun for the Whole Family
 
Join naturalists on the American Tobacco Trail Saturday afternoon as you take a hike in search of animals Preparing for Winter and play games to learn about the different wintering techniques.
Want to attract birds to your bird feeder? Backyard Birds at William B. Umstead State Park will cover the common birds you might see at your feeders and ways to encourage them.
Tour the restored Piper-Cox Home and hear about its inhabitants and pioneer life at Eno River State Park.
Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park is the perfect venue for that fall family picture. While you are there, take a Mill Heritage Tour and get a peek inside the fully restored mill and see how power is transferred from the mill's waterwheel to its grist-milling machinery.
Join naturalists at West Point on the Eno Saturday morning for a hike through the forest as you learn about the lives of Black Bears in North Carolina.
Catch'n Cook at Harris Lake County Park starts with some fall fishing and then a fire to cook a back country meal featuring the catch of the day on Sunday afternoon.
 
Art, Culture & Music
 
Kick off your weekend with several events at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Art in the Evening returns with live music by Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band. The featured fall film will be the 1942 flick Moontide and you are invited to an in-depth exploration of The Banquet Piece by Jan Janz. den Uyl with a Museum docent.
Bring the kids on Saturday to the Art Museum, for a Children's Performance. Stories in Art: Dutch Folktales with Jukebox Radio will bring Dutch folktales to life through song, dance, and puppetry. In between the shows, you can take part in a Drop-In Craft.
In preparation for the upcoming Rembrandt exhibit, Ernst van de Wetering, head of the Rembrandt Research Project in Amsterdam, will give a lecture discussing his approach to attributions and related topics through the lens of an artist, scientist, and art historian Sunday afternoon.
The Raleigh City Museum will also host a lecture Saturday. You are invited to join them for Great Voices: Civil Rights & American Reform Judaism with Dr. Gary Zola, a historian of American Judaism.
Marbles Kids Museum will be saying Hooray for Ballet with the Carolina Ballet on Saturday and asking What's the Weather? with Science Solvers on Sunday.
Winnie the Pooh will be the featured family movie at the Holly Springs Cultural Center Saturday morning.
Ballad singer and banjo player Sara Grey is joined by her guitarist son for a program of traditional songs from North America and the British Isles at the North Carolina Museum of History Sunday afternoon.
Pullen Arts Center will host its annual Participants Show for the Center's artist participants, patrons and instructors featuring artists from multiple disciplines including jewelry, pottery, printmaking, painting, drawing, glass, mixed media, weaving, encaustics and more.
 
What to do at the Fairgrounds
 
Even though the State Fair is packed up for another year, there is plenty going on at the Fairgrounds. This weekend bring the return of the Duke Children's Hospital Benefit Hunter Horse Show at the Hunt Horse Complex. The event features six days of competition by horses and their riders from the United States and Canada. In addition to competition, the show offers all ages a behind-the-scenes look at how horses are cared for, trained and shown. Youngsters can see the horses in their stalls in the tents and five permanent barns on the complex grounds. You won't want to miss family fun night with a stick race.
Coins, postcards and stamps will be everywhere you look at the Coin & Stamp Show.
The Carolina Collector Auto Fest will include a swap meet with more than 125 vendors, car corral for buying and selling and Car/Truck shows.

 

 

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