A Week of Stories for Families

Photo courtesy of Millstone Creek Orchards
Learn about grapes with a story and an orchard hayride at Millstone Creek Orchards’ Fruity Pickin’ Storytime, July 24-25.

Enjoy stories told on stage, under the stars and even in a fruit orchard this week — including eight performances of Disney’s splendid “Beauty and the Beast” at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium.

Fruity Pickin’ Storytime: Grapes at Millstone Creek Orchards in Ramseur

This event could be worth the drive! Enjoy an educational and interactive program designed to teach children how grapes are grown. Listen to a story, take an orchard hayride, go grape-picking, enjoy slushies and eat a few green beans. This event takes place 11 a.m.-noon, Monday, July 24, and Tuesday, July 25, at Millstone Creek Orchards in Ramseur. Additional programs are planned throughout the orchard’s seasons. Online registration ($9 per child) is required.

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Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

See Disney’s beloved “tale as old as time” on stage, featuring lavish sets, costumes and production numbers including “Be Our Guest,” in this production by NC Theatre. Performances take place at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 25-Friday, July 28, and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 29, and Sunday, July 30, at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, part of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. All ages. Tickets ($25 and up) are available online.

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Jeghetto: Family Puppet Show at Chapel Hill Public Library FREE

Enjoy a family puppet show written and performed by master puppeteer Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins and his son, Tarin. This father-and-son duo will entertain with famous tales and newly written stories using puppets made of recycled materials. Two performances are planned, 2-2:45 p.m. and 4-4:45 p.m., Wednesday, July 26, at the Chapel Hill Public Library. Free. Recommended for ages 4 and older.

Stories Happen in Forests: A Live Storytelling Event at MotorCo Music Hall in Durham FREE

Join Dogwood Alliance for an evening of family-friendly storytelling and community-building in the spirit of forest protection and community justice. The night will feature live, true and personal stories from gifted storytellers including Jodi Lasseter of North Carolina League of Conservation Voters and Gary Phillips, poet laureate of Carrboro (pictured below), as well as TC Muhammad of Hip Hop Caucus, youth activist Cole Rasenberger and more. This event takes place 6-9 p.m., Thursday, July 27, at MotorCo Music Hall in downtown Durham. Free; $10 suggested donation at the door.

photo courtesy of dogwood alliance

Movies Under the Stars: “Cars” in Downtown Chapel Hill FREE

Enjoy a screening of the original “Cars” film, part of the Town of Chapel Hill and Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership’s “Movies Under the Stars” summer series. This event takes place at 8:30 p.m., Thursday, July 27, on top of the Wallace Parking Deck (150 E. Rosemary St.) in downtown Chapel Hill. Admission is free; includes popcorn and fun activities. Bring your own chairs or blanket.

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