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Easels in the Gardens and on porches too!

Edenton, NC
Easels in the Gardens
and on porches too!

Edenton, NC – The month of April brings with it lovely spring weather and some of the most beautiful blooms throughout the town and county for all to enjoy. The Pilgrimage of Historic Homes has taken place on odd years since 1946 and with it being such a wonderful event, it finally occurred to the Cupola House Association to showcase their beloved gardens on the even numbered years with the first Easels in the Gardens event taking place in April of 2012.

Artists, Music and Gardens in the spring are the ingredients for making this weekend one not to be missed on April 25 – 26, 2014 from 1 – 5 pm. The combination of beautiful gardens, a wide array of wonderful artists demonstrating their beloved Plein Air work and strolling musicians creates an ambience beyond compare. There will also be 3 – 4 workshops each afternoon related to gardening whether planting, pruning or clipping to floral design and outdoor entertaining. As you walk the walk from garden to garden, make sure to see what is taking place on the porches as an added delight.

This year’s event brings over 28 in all and several out of the area artists in addition to our many locals from Edenton, Elizabeth City, Roanoke Rapids, Colerain, Aulander, Windsor and Pebbie Mott from Murphy, NC. Joining us from Hampton Roads, VA will be Kathy Bockelman - Chesapeake, Mary Christie - Suffolk, and Elizabeth McGinn – Norfolk. Adding a few more NC well-knowns will be Sue Morris and Barbara Gernat from the Outer Banks along with Ann Neely and Shade Maret from Raleigh.

Don’t miss the Family-Friendly Street Dance on South Broad on Friday, April 25th from 7 – 10 pm. Come Boogie to The Embers, widely considered a musical MARVEL, this band is responsible for laying the groundwork for Beach Music in the Carolinas, Virginia, the gulf coast region of North America and every beach in between.

A special Saturday evening gathering in the Cupola House Gardens from 5 – 7 pm with complimentary unique foods and decorations, music by Wayne James and select beverages will be a great way to view and purchase the art that has been created over the weekend. So whether you are heading off to a dinner or a wedding party, plan on spending from 5 – 7 pm to look at the beautiful art – a wonderful way to end a perfect spring weekend in Edenton.

To find out more about this event or purchase tickets go to or call 252-339-1321.


Hatteras Storytelling Festival: Yarn Tellin', Foot Tappin', Hatteras Style

May 2, 2014 - May 4, 2014 --

Hatteras Village - Outer Banks
Join OUR STATE for the 2nd Annual Hatteras Storytelling Festival: Yarn Tellin', Foot Tappin', Hatteras Style
May 2 - 4, 2014
Hatteras Village - Outer Banks

Featuring storytelling with:
Clyde Edgerton - novelist, musician, and storyteller
Bland Simplson - author, storyteller, professor, and member of The Red Clay Ramblers
Clifford Swain - motivational speaker, educator, musician, and storyteller
Kevin Duffus - historian, author, and storyteller
Ben Cherry - storyteller, A.K.A. Blackbeard the Pirate
Rodney Kemp - Fish House Liar, N.C. Historian of the Year
James Charlet - local historian, storyteller

Also featuring:
Nu-Blu - nationally-known bluegrass group from Siler City, N.C.
Banjo Island - bluegrass group from Hatteras Island, Lots of local storytellers
A Taste of the Village - registration night - enjoy various culinary delights of Hatteras Village

This project is funded in part by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.

For more information please visit or call (252) 986-2109.

For information on where to stay on Hatteras Island, please visit

Wilson Woman's Club "A Tour of Homes 2014"

Apr 4, 2014 - Apr 5, 2014 --

Wilson, NC
A tour of 6 homes in the Wilson area. Tickets are $25 and includes both days. A luncheon will also be held on Friday, April 4th at the Woman's club, 402 Broad Street. Ticket are $10 in advance.


Greenville Brushstrokes Clothesline Art Show

Apr 26, 2014 10 4 p.m.

Pitt Co. Historical Society Primitive Baptist Church Firetower Road, Greenville, NC
Our Clothesline Show features local artist paintings done in watercolor, acrylics, oil, or mixed media all of which are original works. There will be an array of framed as well as unframed art all at excellent prices. Art will be displayed in the church as well as hung outside for viewing
. Several of the artist will be on site painting. there will be live music, and a raffle drawing for an awesome watercolor original painting by one of our members, Pete Hickey.
10% of profits go to the Pitt Co. Historical Society. This is a must see and experience show!!!

Dorothy Jensen 252 355 6543

Events to Mark the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War Across N.C.


Events to Mark the 150th Anniversary of the
Civil War Across N.C.

RALEIGH, N.C. -- In 2014, the penultimate year of the Civil War Sesquicentennial observance, a plethora of events and programs will be presented at state historic sites and museums in North Carolina. The roar of cannons, enactment of the draft, moans of the wounded, and the introduction of torpedoes to warfare are among topics to be explored this year. The final year of 2015 will conclude the sesquicentennial and the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War with free programs. Among 2014 highlights:

"Always near the front, with instruments and tourniquets: The Medical Service at Fort Fisher" is scheduled for Jan. 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Fort Fisher State Historic Site at Kure Beach. It will examine the medical care available to Union and Confederate soldiers during combat at Fort Fisher. Infantry re-enactor units will discuss camp life and artillery units will fire the site's 32 pound and 12 pound cannons, which could fire up to 1,600 yards and 3 miles, respectively.

The attack during the Second Battle of Fort Fisher was the largest assault by the U.S. Army and Navy until World War II, and followed a smaller attack in December. Union forces had to stop the supply line to Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia that fed through Fort Fisher. Combined Federal casualties are believed to have exceeded 1,500; Confederates are believed to have been greater than 3,800. Care of the injured among the casualties will be examined during the program.

Ansley Wegner, author of "Phantom Pain: North Carolina's Artificial Limb Program for Confederate Veterans," will discuss her research and North Carolina's program for its vets, and be available for book signings. The Jewett Patent Leg was the most widely provided to thousands of North Carolina veterans, in this the first Southern state to offer prosthetics to veterans. The third Jewett Patent Leg known to exist will be featured in a new exhibit "An Eminent Work of Justice and Charity" that will open during the program. It includes information on the care of the soldiers' physical and mental wounds after the Civil War.

Author Richard Triebe will talk about captured North Carolina Troops who were sent to Prisoner of War camp in Elmira, N.Y., and their struggle to survive. He will be available to sign his books, "From Fort Fisher to Elmira," and "Confederate Fort Fisher: A Roster 1864-1865." Author and historian Michael C. Hardy also will speak.

A test of Civil War knowledge for history buffs young and old is being presented by the Museum of the Cape Fear and Methodist College in Fayetteville Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium at the college. Questions will be a combination of multiple choice, true or false and fill in the blank. Prizes will be awarded to adult winners and to students aged 16 and under.

Even though much of coastal North Carolina fell to Union forces early in the Civil War, the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center program Feb. 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will show that area was still contested ground. The USS Underwriter Expedition Symposium and Navy Living History program will show how a spectacular attack by the Confederate Navy aboard the CSS Neuse could still challenge Union control of the region. Registration for the symposium is $10; the living history program with costumed interpreters, Civil War naval displays and living history demonstrations is free.

Navy life did not only mean shipboard activity, and will be examined at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site in Winnabow in "The Navy Way" program Feb. 15-16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. The outmanned and outgunned Confederates first used torpedoes during the Civil War. The first marine torpedoes were fixed water mines, not the self-propelled explosives of today. There will be torpedo demonstrations at the fort, and re-enactors of artillery and cavalry soldiers also will participate in the program. Brunswick Town has one of the most extensive exhibits of Civil War torpedoes in the southeast.

The Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site in Four Oaks will bring the realities of war home March 15-16. The "Forced to Fight" program will examine the waning days of the war, which is not going well for the Confederacy. The draft is again being used, and men aged 17 to 50 who were left at home are now being required to join the fight. Re-enactors of the 11th and 18th NC Troops, 27th NC Company D and 1st NC Volunteers will portray raw conscripts being trained for war from a period manual of arms. The two day program will feature infantry and artillery demonstrations and will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Visitors also can "enlist" during the program.

In March 1865, the Battle of Bentonville proved to be the longest and bloodiest in the state's history, and saw 80,000 combatants engaged more than three days and 6,000 acres. It was said the fighting was so intense as to shear the bark off the trees.

A weekend of special events at the Tryon Palace complex in New Bern March 15-16 will explore the effects of the war on the American family in the 1860s, with special emphasis on the Stanly family. Activities will occur at the N.C. History Center, Waystation, Academy Museum and will feature New Bern's Civil War period hospitals and offer tours, soldier encampments, craft activities and are included with the regular cost of admission.

"Many Roads to Surrender" is the April 26-27 surrender commemoration at Bennett Place State Historic Site in Durham. Confederate Gen. Joseph Johnston surrendered to Federal Maj. Gen. William Sherman April 26, 1865, nearly 90,000 troops, the largest troop surrender of the Civil War, representing the armies of the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida. The surrender was more than a week after the famous surrender of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee to Federal Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox, Va.

Historians and authors from the National Park Service will highlight five major surrenders of the Civil War, including Appomattox, Bennett Place, Citronelle, Ala., New Orleans, La., and Doaksville, Okla., during the program. Civilian and military re-enactors will demonstrate what life was like at the end of the American Civil War. Saturday evening will conclude with an off-site Grand Blue and Gray Ball and fundraising auction for a new exhibit gallery at Bennett Place. The annual Sunday Unity Monument wreath laying ceremony will have speakers and presentations. The Saturday program is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Many other programs are scheduled this year:

• The Museum of the Albemarle will have a Civil War Living History Day with re-enactors of civilian and military characters Feb. 8.
• The State Capitol will offer a "Raleigh Occupied" program at in April.
• Somerset Place in Creswell will have summer and fall programs
• Vance Birthplace in Weaverville will hold a military encampment in the fall.
• The N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort and the Southport location, and the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras, will offer Civil War related lectures, films, classes or tours throughout the year.
Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort is exhibiting the "Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory: Civil War Sesquicentennial Photography exhibit through Jan. 23. The exhibit shows the involvement of soldiers, women and the enslaved during the period. The Western Archives in Asheville also is hosting that exhibit.

Mountain Gateway will also host a "Freedom for All" panel exhibit opens in February that examines the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on to passage of the 13th Amendment which freed the enslaved. The "Freedom for All" exhibit also will visit Historic Halifax, Historic Stagville, Somerset Place, Tryon Palace and the CSS Neuse Civil War Center this year.

For additional information, please call (919) 807-7389.

ECNAO 21st Annual Powwow

Mar 23, 2013 Noon - 6PM

Minges Coliseum

East Carolina Native American Organization will be hosting our 21st Annual Powwow at Minges. All are invited. This is a free event. We will have American Indian singing, dancing, vendors, and crafts.