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Written by:  Odile Fredericks
Date: August 9, 2012

This weekend promises to be full of family fun across the Triangle. You'll find lots of 2nd Saturdays events that delve into North Carolina's history, culture and cuisine and help you explore your family's genealogy. Enjoy kid-friendly crafts, mule-drawn wagon rides, face painting, an archaeological dig for special prizes, all part of 2nd Saturdays' fun.

Attend a free concert or a free festival featuring art and music, or shop consignment sales. Take the kids to see how things work at a special Engineer's Day at the Museum of Life and Science, in Durham. Or drop your teen off to celebrate at a back-to-school bash in Carrboro. Unless otherwise noted, you'll find details of these events, and others in our Daily Calendar.

This Saturday is the day to explore North Carolina's heritage with your kids through fun activities, compliments of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources' 2nd Saturdays summer program. Here's a quick look at some 2nd Saturdays events in the Triangle. Learn more in our Daily Calendar.

  • The "Authors of North Carolina" program runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Bennett Place State Historic Site, in Durham. Authors from across North Carolina will share literature with visitors. Hear about the state's history, culture, cuisine, mysteries and more.
  • The "Family History Fair" runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Government and Heritage Library, in Raleigh, featuring speakers and exhibitors and free, 15-minute consultations with members of the Association of Professional Geneologists. Take your N.C. family letters, brief geneologies and more to be scanned for the N.C. Family Records Online Collection. You'll find more details about this event in my earlier post.
  • "Family Game Day" at the North Carolina State Capitol, in downtown Raleigh, runs 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 11, when you can try your hand at games and crafts enjoyed by children of the Civil War era. Learn how to make a cornhusk doll and send a secret message by signal flag. Participation is free. For more information, call the Capitol at (919) 733-4994 or email
  • The "Governor Zeb Vance Inauguration Party" will take place Aug. 11, at the North Carolina State Capitol, in Raleigh, recreating the Civil wartime's governor's entrance into office, with a Vance re-enactor giving the speech. See our Daily Calendar for details on where to call to find out the event times.
  • Author Kelly Starling Lyons's visit runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Historic Stagville site, in Durham. The celebrated book author hosts a read-in and book signing for children and their families. Explore the history of weddings in the African-American community and hear the book, Ellen's Broom.
  • The "Pine Needle Baskets" drop-in program runs from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 11 at the North Carolina Museum of History, in Raleigh. Craftsman Bill Newman will create bowls and other items from pine needles, and you can make minibroom from pine needles.
  • Duke Homestead in Durham will host a Summer Children's Festival from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 11. Enjoy kid-friendly crafts, mule-drawn wagon rides, face painting, a bubble pool, an archaeological dig for special. Costumed interpreters will demonstrate 19th-century games, rag doll making and rolling hoop races.

For an out-of-town getaway, head to The North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, where pirates will invade the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort for a special 2nd Saturdays program of fun. Visit the museum's site for details.

In Raleigh, visit Logan's Festival of the Arts runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Logan Trading Co., located at 707 Semart Dr. Take the family to see art, performers, musicians and more at this free festival, which benefits ComeUnityNow and its service project for the homeless in Raleigh.

Upscale Resale, a consignment business started by two stay-at-home moms five years ago, will hold a sale Aug 9-11 in the Wellington Park Shopping Center in Cary. Shop for labels from boutiques and finer department stores, European clothing brands and new overstocks from trunk shows and exclusive manufacturers. See my previous post for details.

Triangle Mothers of Twins and Triplets (TMOTT) will hold its Fall/Winter Children's Clothing and Equipment Sale on Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Kerr Scott Bldg. of the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, in Raleigh. Shop for clothing, toys, equipment and much more using cash only.

Catch two free concerts this weekend:
* The Fridays on the Front Porch series will offer a concert from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at The Carolina Inn, in Chapel Hill.
* Singer-songwriter Shana Tucker will perform a soulful, acoustic and folksie concert for all ages Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sertoma Amphitheater at Bond Park, in Cary.

In Durham, the Museum of Life and Science invites you take part in hands-on engineering activities during "Engineers Day: How Things Work" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Saturday. See our Daily Calendar for details on cost.

In Carrboro, teens are invited to a Back-to-School Bash, from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, at the Century Center, featuring deejay music, dance contests and hourly giveaways. The doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the cost is $5 at the door. The event is for students ages 13 to 18.

At least three markets are featuring free fun this Saturday.
* The Carrboro Craft Market takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Back porch of The Open Eye Café, in Carrboro. Enjoy craft demos, a kids craft project table, shopping and live music.
* The Western Wake Farmers Market, in Cary runs from 8 a.m. to noon, in Cary. You'll find different programs offered each week in the Education Tent plus live music and more than 30 farmers and artisans.
* The Eno River Farmers Market runs from 8 a.m. to noon in downtown Hillsborough offering make-and-take crafts for kids.

And Friday, Saturday and Sunday, you can catch Paperhand Puppet Intervention's Annual Summer Pageant featuring giant puppets, masks, stilts and music at 7 p.m. (the pre-show begins at 6:20 p.m.) at the The Forest Theatre, in Chapel Hill. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6 pm. See our Daily Calendar for details.

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